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"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. "This 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... It'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."

While I am not a proponent of high infant mortality rates, and I think that treating your body in a healthy way is a good thing, I am disgusted at the approach that all women should be considered as baby factories.

It's demeaning, insulting, and tears back hunderds of years of social growth.

Yes. Take folic acid suppliments, as well as a good healthy mutivitamin. Work out. Don't smoke. Don't get too fat or too skinny, exercise regularly. Eat healthily. Those are good guidelines for pretty much everybody, not just breeding containers. And screw it being through "their reproductive lives" (because we all know that a woman's usefulness ends when she stops being able to breed).

Freakin' womb with a life-support system attached. Livid, I tell you, livid!

I'd expect this from a Catholic Church recommendation, or even the Vaican or a Pat Robertson clone. Them I can snort at in disgust and ignore as usual.

But the federal government stating this? What the hell are they thinking?

Oh, sorry, I made the assumption that there actually was thinking involved.

Hmm... feeling snide today.


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May. 24th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
That sounds straight out of The Handmaid's Tale.
May. 24th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing. As if the government wasn't trying to legislate our bodies enough these days... don't get me started... I have to get back to work!

Then, since I already have my two lovely kids and am done with procreating, I think I'll go throw out my multi-vitamins, eat a few greasy burger and fries, smoke a pack and go make friends with Jack Daniels.
May. 24th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
No! You can't! You are still fertile, and must retain your Contract With Your Uterus until menopause!

After that, smoke up and jack away.
May. 24th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
That's it. I'm takin' my uterus to court.

Pretty soon they'll outlaw any kind of voluntary sterilization as the murder of possible, future children.

May. 24th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Not to mention masturbation. Or as I call it, "kitten killing".

May. 24th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
When I masturbate, I should think about kittens?
May. 24th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
What, you don't already?
May. 24th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
News flash: in a recent supreme court decision, the words "woman" and "women" are to be removed from the english language, and instead be replaced by the acronym BUSU (Biological Uterine Support Unit, or Units for the collective).
May. 24th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
The folic acid thing is actually a good idea, as most women drop the naughty doings as soon as they find out they're pregnant. Supposedly lack of folic acid in the earliest stages causes *lots* of birth defects, although I haven't seen numbers.

The rest of it is a bit offensive. My life is not about my theoretical unborn child - the government should be more concerned about *me*. I actually vote...

I'd be more impressed if more people in the government were working on making health care more accessible/affordable. But that would take money as well as brains.
May. 25th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
because we all know that a woman's usefulness ends when she stops being able to breed

Hrm. Should I have committed suicide right after I woke up from my transplant surgery, since the doctors tied my fallopian tubes right before they hooked up my new kidney? Maybe they'd say they were wasting an organ.
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