Sunday, December 19, 2004

Scare tactics

These sensationalist Dec. 19 headlines won't create any new natalists.

From the Washington Post (via Oxblog): "Many New or Expectant Mothers Die Violent Deaths."

From the front page of the New York Times: "After Baby's Grim Diagnosis, Parents Try Drastic Treatment." (With accompanying photo of infant who, as a side effect of said "drastic treatment," has extremely thick eyebrows and a hairy face.)

From CNN: "Churchgoers mourn pregnant woman: Communities struggle with shocking death, theft of baby."

So basically, if you decide to become pregnant, you risk: a) violent death at the hand of the baby's father, b) giving birth to a child who seems normal at first but soon develops a rare but deadly metabolic disorder, and c) being killed by a woman who wishes to steal your fetus. All creepy enough to make a person think twice about having even one child.


Anonymous said...

The worst would be you kill someone, snatch the child, and find out it has a metabolic disorder.

Anonymous said...

. . . a metabolic disorder that turns out to be contagious.