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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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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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