Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Pre-pregnant treatment for ALL women of childbearing age?

Nope. Apparently I'm not hallucinating. The CDC confirms it.

Here's the thing. Just because I am technically fertile, I am not pre-pregnant. I am not going to be pregnant again, period, and I've got a good five to ten fertile years ahead of me. Been there, done it, and I'm sure that it ain't gonna happen. Getting pregnant would be, for me and any prospective child, fraught with risk. Potentially life threatening. But nevermind reality. New federal guidelines say that just because I "could", I should be treated by my healthcare provider as pre pregnant. As should all women of childbearing age. Because we are not women with a choice. We are potential incubators

Please let me be blunt. FUCK THAT NOISE.

If you don't see that this dovetails with the attack on Roe v. Wade that is currently underway in this country, you are deluding yourself. We are on a short and slippery slope towards a situation I do not want to contemplate. I don't really have to. Margaret Atwood wrote a book about it, you might want to read it. It horrifies me because it seems to be coming true.

You want to stop birth defects? Here's a thought. How about adequate basic healthcare for all Americans, male and female, of childbearing age and beyond, and the ability to pay for it. I bet you the birth defect rate would drop dramatically.

I don't think the Bush Administration really wants me to have more kids. Look at the two I'm raising. Do they want MORE political, pro-choice, angry, intelligent, thinking, feminist, left leaning, liberal, glbt friendly voters out there? Because ya know, okay, if I'm nothing but a baby machine, I could do my best to pop out one or two more. And if that's where we're headed, I might even consider it my civic fucking duty. Damn skippy, I am here to mold the young voters of the future.

Now if you will excuse me, the Bush Administration would like me to go have a nice cold glass of milk and eat some carrot sticks. I'm going to haul my pissed off pre pregnant incubator ass into the kitchen, smoke a cigar, drink several shots of Patron and eat something incredibly unbalanced and bad for me. I guess I could follow the CDC guidelines and wash it all down with a handful of prenatal vitamins.

Peace. Out.


Lucia said...

Allow me to bake you a chocolate cake with real butter, sour cream and a generous dollop of Cointreau.

Amy said...

I am SO not having more children. I don't care if my body thinks I can. My mind is in control.

And hallelujah, I have an OB/GYN who only deals with women who are done having kids. Not necessarily who have been through menopause--but who are done having kids. She won't have any truck with this stupid folic acid recommendation.

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Geogrrl said...

Good. Lord.

Although, I think that's part and parcel of something I had noticed years ago. I had an hysterectomy at 31 because of fibroids that had increased my bleeding to the point where I was in danger of slowly bleeding to death. Although my OB/GYN was wonderful, I hated his staff. Because I wasn't pregnant or planning to become pregnant, his staff treated me as a nuisance. I wasn't worth bothering with, and they tried to discourage my making appointments with my OB/GYN.

Even better, when my OB/GYN was on vacation and I really needed to see someone, I called and asked to make an appointment with my his partner. My doctor's staff insisted the partner was not seeing my doctor's patients. Upon his return from vacation I reported this to my doctor, who was furious. OF COURSE his partner would see his patients while he was gone. I complained long and loudly about all of this bullshit.

My point (and I do have one) is that there is a pre-existing prejudice out there toward women who are having or planning to have children. While what you've posted about smacks dangerously of "The Handmaid's Tale" it is also an extension of an existing medical attitude.

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

Geo, I've dealt with this. I have fibroids as well and had surgery 2 years ago to have one removed after I hemmorhaged. It took me YEARS to find a doctor who treated me well and paid enough attention to figure out what I needed, because if I wasn't pregnant or trying to conceive, apparently I did not matter.

Legislation like this worries me because it sort of, I don't know, creates a second class of women. The not-procreating.

Z said...

You know, I, too, have heen thinking for more than a few years now that Atwood's tale is scarily becoming reality. I am glad I am not alone.

Geogrrl said...

YarnPirate, that's EXACTLY what I was trying to get across.

In the medical community, we already had the beginnings of the two "classes"--procreating and non-procreating. To much of the medical community (and society), non-procreating women are considered to have outlived their useful lives and are just a nuisance. Which kind of makes you wonder why they're so eager to do hysterectomies, but that's another issue.

This new development takes the existing societal prejudice and makes it official. There are two classes of women--procreating and non-procreating. Ergo, women are only good for one thing and should be made to do that thing. What WE think of ourselves, outside of being baby machines, does not matter.

Inky said...

I am a non-breeder by choice since the age of 24. It took me, even back then, eight years to convince my OB/GYN to give me a tubal. But 22 years later I have not regretted it for a moment. Does this now make me some type of second class non-baby making citizen? Hmmm....

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

One friend of mine suggested that all men start considering themselves "pre sodomized" and begin to pay scrupulous attention to their anal health, carry condoms and packets of lubricant at ALL times.

Just because you're not planning to take it up the Gary Glitter anytime soon, doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready.

It makes sense to me. If we're going to start reducing people down to a bunch of functional orifices, that's definitely one function. Someone hand me my strap on.

Knitty Cat said...

It's too bad so many women forget how far we've come. How much longer until all birth control is outlawed, and any information on how to avoid pregnancy is outlawed as 'pornographic and indecent' (but of course playboy would still be totaly legal)
Women have been allowed to vote for less than one hundred years. Birth conrol has been 'legal' for less than 70 and abortion for less than 40. Will we loose these right again out of ignorance? It's a slippery slope ladies.

Geogrrl said...

Bwahaha! Love it, YarnPirate!

Knitty Cat, you are SO right.

Jane said...

I've been seeing signs of Margaret Atwood's world in Handmaiden's Tale since the early 80s. Now with the anti-choice crowd trying to identify birth control with abortion and working against both, it's becoming more and more frightening.

All the Way With Knitting said...

Big hugs..this Pre-preg. stuff was brilliant but you can't stand swatching either...O.M.G that is too wonderful ...I hate swatching.I can't stop laughing at them pointing out it's women who have the babies..you don't say ..except Barbara Bush who had a vegetable.