The battle between natural birth advocates and "inductions or C-sections for everyone" crowd goes on constantly, especially online.
For me, very little is black or white. Each family is different, each child is different. It all comes down to being informed and making the best decision for your situation. Everyone would agree with that, except for this little part: you then have to take personal responsibility for that decision. Ultimately, you care for yourself and your baby more than any doctor, midwife, or nurse does. Whatever happens, you made the choice.
But, but....it's the doctor's fault, it's that magazine's fault, it's my mother-in-law's fault! They told me to do something and it ended badly! It's not MY fault! I hear it all the time, but repetition does not equal validity. We are all free to make many choices, including our care provider, which procedures we agree to, and what we do to remain low-risk. This does not mean there is only one correct choice for everyone, because we're not assembly-line made robots. We're individuals, and that's really scary for some people. They want one thing to be done for everyone and for it to be forced on them if they dare disagree.
The truth is, there are no guarantees in life. Sometimes everything goes right even when bad decisions were made. Other times, disaster befalls even those doing everything right. All we can do is to get informed and then find peace with our decision. When it comes to birth, personal responsibility would greatly benefit all women. If doctor and midwives weren't so scared of being sued they would allow their patients more options. Only in cases of gross negligence should the care provider be held liable. The fact that a certain person's name was on a woman's chart when something terrible happened that was going to happen anyway shouldn't be a reason to sue for millions.