Originally posted at American Thinker blog
In conjunction with the IRS, and in the name of “choice,” the First Lady of the United States is presently “throwing the spotlight on nursing as a way to reduce childhood obesity.” Thanks to Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Moo-ve” campaign, the whir of a breast pump can now put tax rebates in the pocket of women who, in lieu of aborting offspring, choose instead to breastfeed.
The Obamas have managed to wriggle their way into America’s pocketbooks, healthcare, and grocery carts, and now, as soon as a newborn is placed in its mother’s arms, while IRS agents are out tracking nursing bras and tubes of lanolin Michelle will be right there dictating the benefits of mother’s milk.
Maybe Michelle can avoid spreading herself too thin by mandating that soon-to-be-government-run hospitals replace overhead delivery room mirrors with public service announcements instructing women on the delivery table to promptly begin nursing.
It’s surprising that Mrs. Obama is suddenly concerned with the well being of newborns. In a 2004 fundraising letter, Michelle warned supporters of the “rise of conservatism in this country, especially as it relates to women.” At the time, conservatives were trying to ban partial-birth abortion. Michelle’s big fear was that women wouldn’t be able to kill a full-term baby and that the right to privacy would be violated by the “Justice Department’s request for hospitals to turn over the private medical records of dozens of patients.”
The abortion/breastfeeding advocate spouse of a President who wants to put medical records online while simultaneously demanding access to an Internet kill switch was adamant about “the right to choose … privacy rights…pay equity… ending domestic violence, promoting health care around the world, and letting doctors decide treatment options, not federal judges.”
Six years later, with Barack in charge, revisions to that list include the deletion of “letting doctors decide treatment options” and penciled in are the benefits of breast milk.
Just as she became an authority on food choices by denying dessert to her own children, Mrs. Obama has “spoken in public about nursing her youngest daughter, Sasha,” which obviously qualifies her to assume the role of the government’s chief lactation specialist.
One thing’s for sure — Michelle is a self-appointed authority on everything from where to find the best barbeque to executing perfect Indian dance steps, which makes it difficult for her to “tread carefully in what might be a sensitive area for some women — and not use her bully pulpit to directly ask more women to breast feed.”
Instead, Michelle has decided to “nudge” mothers toward choosing government-issued breast pumps. Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama’s communications chief, said “Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman.” Thus, “we,” as in mammary management teams, “are trying to make it easier” for those who choose to nurse to do so by passing federal legislation that compels businesses to provide accommodations for working women to pump breast milk or nurse at work.
Moreover, Michelle is deeply troubled that “only 3 percent of births occur at U.S. hospitals with a ‘Baby Friendly’ designation.” To address the inequity, Mrs. Obama is teaming up with other pro-choice organizations like UNICEF to “push more hospitals” who, when not administering government-funded abortions in one room, will oversee certified pro-breastfeeding/”Baby Friendly” zones across the hall.
Michelle Obama apparently believes government intervention is needed to foster maternal/newborn bonding. Coming from anyone else, parenting advice might be minimally appreciated, but having the wife of a president who opposed the Born Alive Act counseling women on newborn care is a tad hypocritical. Is infant nourishment suddenly a concern for woman whose husband voted to deny medical care, warmth, and hydration to babies who would otherwise thrive after surviving a failed abortion?
Killing babies in the womb or, if necessary, with their heads sticking halfway out of the womb, is a right Michelle believes should be constitutionally upheld. If the baby happens to make it out alive, the First Lady converts to Mommy mode and laments the tragedy that “especially in the black community — 40 percent of [the] babies never get breastfed at all, even in the first weeks of life.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “breastfeeding rates are low among African-American mothers compared to other racial and ethnic groups.”
Michelle should consider the fact that Barack’s pro-choice policies prevent millions of black babies from being born, let alone nursed.
In New York City alone, 60% of all African-American never-to-be-nursed babies are systematically aborted. Maybe the Dilettante of Data, while out saving lives by way of breastfeeding, could address the dire statistic that abortion is the leading killer of African-Americans in New York City and that since 1973 “black women’s share of abortions has consistently been at least twice their share of live births.”
Nevertheless, as long as “touch points in a child’s life” do not include any of the time from conception to birth, Mrs. Obama strongly supports informing the public that when it comes to breastfeeding and preventing childhood issues such as obesity, “early intervention is key” – just ask Planned Parenthood.
So as Michelle Obama continues to address the welfare of America’s children, what could be better than a First Lady who is able to balance infanticide and breastfeeding in perfect tandem? By deploying IRS agents to monitor prolactin levels and wet nurses to attend to babies whose mothers have a low milk supply, Michelle Obama will not only be addressing childhood obesity, she’ll be singlehandedly creating jobs.
Consequently, the Obama big-government teat will be jammed even further down the throats of American businesses, who will be forced to accommodate nursing mothers by a federal bureaucracy represented by a First Lady who, when not advocating for partial-birth abortion, spends time teaching the motherly art of latching on.