According to a front-page article in Tuesday's Washington Post, new Federal guidelines recommend:
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.No, you are not high on crack. If you're between puberty and menopause and are even hypothetically capable of becoming pregnant, the Federal government is going to tell you and your health care providers what to do in order to protect the GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS OF THE UNCONCEIVED.
Experts acknowledge that women with no plans to get pregnant in the near future may resist preconception care. "We know that women -- unless you're actively planning [a pregnancy], . . . she doesn't want to talk about it," [report co-author Janis] Biermann said.Um, maybe people don't "want to talk about" prenatal care because they actually have no intention of giving birth to a child any time soon. The Post article explains the need for "preconception care" by comparing the U.S.'s infant mortality rate to that of other developed countries:
The U.S. infant mortality rate is higher than those of most other industrialized nations -- it's three times that of Japan and 2.5 times those of Norway, Finland and IcelandHmmm ... now, I'm just gonna take a wild stab in the dark here, but might that have something to do with the fact that those countries all have universal health care?
Check out this Salon.com response while I go disembowel myself with a rusty spoon.