By a commentator for Tjen Folket Media.
Update: NRK has updated the article we used as our source. They write that the decision was overturned after complaints.
What are the facts of the case?
In a serious assault on women’s right to choose, NAV has according to NRK ordered a woman to surgically remove her uterus, a procedure that would render her infertile. They have also withdrawn money from her for not having met the requirement.
According to NRK, NAV’s decision states the following:
You have been diagnosed with endometriosis. NAV recognizes that this affliction affects ability to work to such a degree that your income is reduced today. According to medical information relevant to your case provided by your physician and gynecologist, there is still however treatment in the form of a hysterectomy available to you that you have been advised to carry out.
The leader for the medical ethics council in the Norwegian Medical Association, Svein Aarseth, tells NRK the following:
Such an operation has great consequences, and there is no guarantee that women will be able to return to work after such an operation.
He also says that doctors can give advice about which treatments a patient should consider in order to recover, but that it is the patient themselves that have the last word.
An assault on peoples’ welfare and women’s right to choose
We therefore see NAV going on the offensive against health care services and are attempting to destroy their function as welfare services.
NAV again shows its cynical service to the bourgeoisie, when the goal to “determine whether it is possible to come back to work and earn one’s own income”, the way they have described it to NRK, legitimizes their intervention in important medical decisions and womens’ right to make choices about their own bodies.
Healthcare services ought to be for helping people the way that they need help, not to serve NAV and the state’s cynical economic goals.
Later, NAV changed its decision, but it nonetheless reveals problems in the system.
NAV changed the decision ordering the women to surgically remove her uterus to receive aid