Mon Dieu!

Dave Killion — February 16, 2012

Libertarians must, always and everywhere, condemn state intervention in health care that goes beyond enforcing prohibitions against the use of force and fraud. That said, I acknowledge that some interventions offend me less than others. Interventions such as perineal re-education

“When I gave birth to our daughter last November, my husband and I spent five government-sponsored days in the maternity ward at Clinique Leonardo Da Vinci, where we learned that French hospital meals come with a cheese course and that as part of my postpartum treatment I would be prescribed 10 to 20 sessions of la rééducation périnéale. This is a kind of physical therapy designed to retrain the muscles of the pelvic floor, including the vagina, and is one of the cornerstones of French postnatal care. Two months after our daughter was born, I summoned the courage to teach my vagina some new tricks.”

All kidding aside, this is still an egregious attack on the individual sovereignty of French citizens, and should be brought to an end immediately. Furthermore, while some may applaud this program for being innovative, one must keep in mind the displacement effect state intervention has. I am quite confident that absent government meddling in health care, free enterprise would have made the benefits of post-natal vaginal tightening both inexpensive and widespread a long time ago. Just one more reason to hate the state.

Leave a Comment

Disclaimer: The articles and opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Libertarian Book Club.