http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/15/AR2006051500875.html http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2006/05/16/pre_pregnant/index.html Since when did the US government have the right to tell women what to do? Those recommendations are commendable, in fact, ideal and obviously common sense, but ridiculous if this is all because of the belief that women are baby making machines. There are women out there such as myself who aren't interested, who take every precaution not to be pregnant (condom, pill, morning after pills, abortions, etc.) and what? The CDC is telling health care professionals that they should treat us like we're baby making machines? Does that mean that if I need some meds that are like an FDA category B/C/D/X (meaning studies have shown that there is damage to the fetus in animals or humans, or they don't know enough about the drugs to say whether or not it's safe, so for the exception of the category X drugs (like thalidomide), it's up to the doctor and the woman to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks) I can't get it cause there's a huge potential that I might have a baby and in turn the meds might harm the fetus? WHAT THE HELL?!(well, some doctors already do that, but usually they'll give in if you're willing to go on birth control and be careful and all...) It would be nice if the CDC didn't couch everything in terms of my reproductive capability. And maybe gave a s*it about the other half of whats involved in a pregnancy (the guy). Cause that matters just as much, and they're practically ignoring it there. It's not just that the CDC said that either, it's combined with everything else this administration has been trying to do for womens reproductive rights, etc. that's making me disgusted. This is seriously bringing back memories of The Handmaid's Tale.