Pre-pregnant? No? Well, the CDC says . . .

Forever Pregnant: "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."

Holy shit.

Our infant mortality rates are terrible, yes, but I, for one, don't want to be pre-pregnant. I really really don't.

On the other hand, Thich Nhat Hanh has a nice little analogy about pregnancy, and being a plain old adult making choices that nurture your self as you develop and grow over the years. Give yourself what you would give your child.

On the third hand, jeez, pre-natal screening and abortion in cases of seriously abnormal development, or chromosome problems, or childhood lethal disease, or other embryos/fetuses with highly likely "unfavorable outcomes" - please, can we as a culture agree that this is okay? Please? Really, it's not a slippery slope to eugenics and Gattaca. It's just not.

Thanks to Shameless for the link.

hey, brood mare, keeping away from the caffeine/ciggies/booze and taking your folic acid?
Citizenship begins at conception! Unless you're not white! (am in an ugly mood today what with this, immigration 'reform' and the discovery that WI is planning to write an end to civil unions into its constitution...)
WI's constitutional amendment is alarming. I have a sentimental/perverse need for Wisconsin to be the last bastion of old-school progressiveism. I have placed my fingers in my ears and have begun humming to drown out the news.
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