Tuesday, May 16, 2006


In one of the dumbest things I've heard coming from this government, all women of child bearing years are being asked to treat themselves as "pre-pregnant". Clip:

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.

Among other things, 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.

While most of these recommendations are well known to women who are pregnant or seeking to get pregnant, experts say 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.

1) I understand and appreciate the health message, but it's only aimed at women and only with the intent that women should/could have children. Remember, if you're a man it doesn't matter what you do (horse back riding, booze, marijuana, saunas, tight underwear, and warm weather have been shown to decrease sperm production), go ahead and enjoy life to it's fullest. And if you happen to be an infertile woman, live it up and let your sisters be damned.

2) Can we set up medical accounts for pre-abortions?

3) This method of addressing the issue really infantalizes women, but that's par for the course for this government.

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