I like my breasts. They remain one of the few parts of my body that I still approve of (was that too much information?), but I am an avid believer in truth in advertising, thereby the disclaimer.
This post isn’t really about my boobs. It’s about who is the boss of them.
Starting this September, New York City mayor, Mr. Bloomberg, has imposed a ban on formula for new born babies.
What’s that you say? I am not allowed to choose to not breast feed my new born baby in the hospital until I listen to a mandated speech about how breast feeding is better? That would be correct.
You might as well just come right out and say that you don’t trust my judgment or my capabilities to make my own decisions regarding my child and my options to opt in or out of breast feeding.
I’m not sure if I’m offended at this notion because it was imposed by a man, or because I’m not a fan of bans, see my post at http://tinyurl.com/cy2ac2a. Maybe it’s because I get a tingling feeling that my rights are (once again) being stomped on.
I keep hearing people raising their voices that there is too much government in our personal lives. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t. Guess which side of the fence I fall on here?
I am 59 years young. We all know I’m not having a baby any time soon. But this is a personal freedom that should not be swayed, intimidated or tainted in any way. I understand that with this ban a new mother may still opt to formula feed her infant, but not without a good deal of government propaganda being hurled her way. This, my friends, is NOT okay.
My daughter and son-in-law will give me a grandchild, or two, one day. I can assure you that she is an intelligent, well read young woman who is perfectly capable of making decisions regarding herself and her children on her own without the assistance of a government imposed ban. Whatever her decision on the subject may be, I will respect it. I defy our government to do less.
If Mayor Bloomberg is in the mood to ban things, I would highly recommend that he direct his attention to banning the sale of assault weapons, cruelty to animals, thieving politicians and vicious inhumane treatment in slaughter houses and breeding farms.
And so I ask: When is government intervention too much?
If a government cannot get its own house in order, pay its bills, stay within budget, provide education to its citizens, then why in the world would anyone be in favor of a politician making personal choices for the rest of us?