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Congratulations! You're pre-pregnant!

This may very well be old news to many of you, as I've personally seen it on my friends page SEVEN times today (and counting), but apparently, according to new Federal guidelines, doctors are now supposed to treat all females, from their first period to the onset of menopause, as though they are "pre-pregnant."

Coffee? Bad. Alcohol? Bad. Cigarettes? Bad. Cleaning out the cat box? Bad. Gotta take your folic acid and watch that weight.

Now, let's not forget that I got my first period at the tender age of ten. And that, according to all the "abstinence-only" bullshit programs that pass themselves off as sex ed these days, I'm not supposed to have sex outside of marriage.

So if I was "pre-pregnant" at ten, was I supposed to get married then as well?

I would write something much more persuasive and coherent if my head weren't too busy exploding. Y'all should go to misia's entry -- she includes a helpful list of people to write to and complain.

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caelidh
May. 17th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
THis is absolutely DISGUSTING! I read what one woman wrote.. that this changes the model from one where women should do it for themselves.. but rather only because they MIGHT get pregnant... and it is for the BABY that might be pushed out of their body some day!

UGH!..

I just turned 38 and I had the typical contemplation about the fact that I may never have a child and how do I feel about that?... I have no partner.. so it obviously isn't an optino and my financial situation isn't where I could raise a child alone...

Fuck .. I may never have a partner either..

I swear.. I am SOOO glad I live in a society where I am totally marginalized as a woman.. that I am only here to breed...

I smell the Religious Right all over this one! UGh!

I swear...

WHile I don't advocate it.. my mum drank and smoked while she was pregnant with me in the late 1960's..... they didn't know.. and I didn't turn out too bad.. a little depression. and ADD but no major birth defects or abnormalities....

However, I got crap from the Feminists when I said that I thought that women who were drug addicts and already had children and could get pregnant again should have norplant.. BOY they didn't like that one.. but that to me is about really protecting potential children. I work in a Mental HEalth agency and I see every day the effects of what drugs and abuse have on children.. it is sad.. but I am getting into dangerous territory here..

But I am not going to stop drinking just because there may be SOME REMOTE possiblity I may get pregnant.. by immaculate conception mind you! Give me a damn break!

UGH!@.. Yeah.. the human race has managed to survive millenia without these guidelines.. I think we will continue to..

If this forces the INsurance industry to cover more.. then I guess It is a good thing but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Single Payer is the direction we need to take!
hopita
May. 17th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
My birth mother smoked when pregnant with me as well. It was the last 60s/early 70s -- there wasn't the widespread knowledge about the dangers of smoking that exists today.

Now, pretty much everyone knows that I'm trying to quit smoking. And most people know that my main motivator is now and has always been my desire to get pregnant. But these new guidelines feel dangerously close to legislation ... it's a very small step from "you should act as though you're pre-pregnant" to "if you don't act as though you're pre-pregnant, then you're going to jail."

Do I think smoking was a stupid idea and a horrible habit? Hell yea. Do I think it was anyone's business but my own? Fuck no.
caelidh
May. 17th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
I think that they should extend this then to the Corporations that pollute our environment then too!

DOW MONSANTO etc... They pollute the environment.. You would think all these pro-lifers would worry more about environmental pollution and it's potential effects ont eh preconcieved...

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