This article was in the Washington Post a few days ago. It reminded me a little too much of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."
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.(RS note: And the rest of you don't need to worry about it since you barren hags aren't any good to anyone.)
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 Iceland, according to a report released last week by Save the Children, an advocacy group. (RS note: perhaps because they have better health care?)
Women should also make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and avoid contact with lead-based paints and cat feces, Biermann said.
The report recommends that women stop smoking and discuss with their doctor the danger alcohol poses to a developing fetus.
Experts acknowledge that women with no plans to get pregnant in the near future may resist preconception care.
You think? Perhaps because I was thinking of myself as a human, separate from my reproductive capacity. I'm all for healthy babies, but this seems the wrong direction to go. I'd start with health care for all.