"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.