"'New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves—and to be treated by the health care system—as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon,' reports The Washington Post. '[T]his means all women between first menstrual period and menopause should take folic acid supplements, refrain from smoking, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control… [I]t's important that women follow this advice throughout their reproductive lives, because about half of pregnancies are unplanned and so much damage can be done to a fetus between conception and the time the pregnancy is confirmed.'
Color me paranoid, but ordering American women to regard themselves as "pre-pregnant" because they may harm a fetus they don't know they're carrying opens the door to prosecuting women who harm their fetuses by failing to regard themselves as "pre-pregnant." How long until 'women should… refrain from smoking [and] maintain a healthy body weight' becomes 'women must…' Does that sound paranoid? Well, so did a war on contraception once.
Oddly enough, Bush's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don't urge straight men to regard themselves as existing in a perpetual state of "pre-fatherhood." Smoking, obesity, asthma, and diabetes could seriously hamper a man's ability to do the heavy lifting that comes with fatherhood. But Bush's CDC doesn't seem that interested in regulating the behavior of all those fat, smoking pre-fathers out there.
Gee. Isn't. That. Weird.
There is a bright side in the CDC's announcement: If we're going to regard all females as pre-pregnant, then we can, as my friend Gomez points out, regard all virgins as merely pre-fucked."
In my mind, this is an affront to women. Placing "should" limits on our behavior in case of pending pregnancy is just one step toward controlling our actions legally and promoting a pro-natal direction.
I believe it's inappropriate and WRONG to force one's opinion on another human being. The idea that ALL WOMEN should bear children is putrid and offensive to me, because I believe that every human being should have a choice in how they will live their life, and just because women are generally born with the equipment necessary for the incubation and delivery of infants doesn't mean that women should feel pressured into having children.
I think having children is great.
I just don't think that all women should feel pressured by anyone, let alone THE GOVERNMENT, to keep themselves in a state that is most conducive to bearing children. If that's a person's choice, great. If the government is mandating it (which I believe they may do in the future), it's wrong.
Governmental directives that involve reproduction and fertility remind me of WWII Germany and the human milk farms, so I don't trust them.
There is also the issue of the blatant double standard regarding "Pre-pregnancy" health and gender. Why aren't men being given a similar directive, to take folic acid supplements, refrain from smoking, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control? And what about LSD, the drug that plays russian roulette with a man's genetic code? Why aren't men being given similar "shoulds"?????
To me, this is blatant gender discrimination, blatant discrimination against women, and it makes me very angry.
What do you think about this?