"Pre-pregnant"

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Sep 9 2006 13:15
"Pre-pregnant"

Unbe-freaking-lievable

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In the US, more than 20 states now define drug use by an expectant mother as child abuse, neglect or even torture, while The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed by Congress in 2004, argues that foetuses are separate persons under the law, with rights independent of the pregnant woman. Any aspect of a pregnant woman's behaviour that might risk foetal health - except of course abortion - is therefore open to punishment in the courts. And last May, legislators in Arkansas proposed making it, not just a matter of social and moral oppobrium, but an offence worthy of prosecution for a pregnant woman to smoke a single cigarette.

New federal guidelines issued this year ask any woman capable of conceiving to treat themselves - and to be treated by their health-care provider - as "pre-pregnant" at all times. Women between their first menstrual period and the menopause are told to take folic acid supplements, stop smoking, stop drinking regularly, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control; not primarily for their own health but to protect any baby that they may or may not be planning to have. They're also advised to steer clear of lead-based paint and cat faeces - a problem for any "pre-pregnant" folk whose household chores include cleaning the litter tray. There is no mention of "pre- fertilisers", ie, fathers, taking similar steps to ensure their sperm are healthy, despite studies that suggest male alcoholism can cause birth defects in children.

I'm well and truly speachless.

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Sep 9 2006 13:21
madashell wrote:
New federal guidelines issued this year ask any woman capable of conceiving to treat themselves - and to be treated by their health-care provider - as "pre-pregnant" at all times ... not primarily for their own health but to protect any baby that they may or may not be planning to have.

that'd be biopolitics then, oughta teach those pre-pregnant baby machines not to step out of the kitchen wall

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Sep 9 2006 14:41

This is why we need to look at the thin end of the wedge. When they brought this in it was on the back of some guy shooting a pregnant woman in the stomach or something similar and there were warnings that it would go too far.
I'm not too worried about the crack smoker getting punished, although it's fucking stupid but the other stuff is insane.

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Sep 14 2006 19:03

As a post fertiliser (surgically ensured), I have to say this is utterly bizarre.