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.