New Yorkers, when will you get rid of the meddlesome tyrant who is your Mayor? Seriously, what redeeming qualities does this man have? Do you just like being wards of the state with no Rights but what the Government grants? Just hook up some jumper cables to the Founding Fathers, I'm sure they're spinning fast enough to power the entire Eastern Seaboard.
In his latest attempt to show you that The Government Knows Better, Mayor Bloomberg has enlisted over half of New York City's hospitals into a program to promote breastfeeding. They will not supplement breastfeeding infants with formula feedings "unless medically indicated," they will track the number of formula bottles they use, they will cease handing out promotional samples of formula. Further, while they won't deny a mother formula if she asks, said mother "will also be instructed on the benefits of breastfeeding."
Now, here's the deal. When I was an infant, breastfeeding was verboten. Formula was supposed to be so much better for an infant than that natural stuff. Now things have shifted the other way. That's fine. What's not fine is the Government saying anything about it one way or the other. It's not the Government's business if a woman breastfeeds, or not, so why is the Government getting involved?
Here in Texas, a bill requiring that mothers considering an abortion be administered and shown the results of an ultrasound, with an explanation of what they're seeing, was fought tooth and nail by the abortion lobby. The law already provided that the mother could sign a form waiving viewing or hearing the description, but she had to actively make that choice. Feminists were up in arms over this law. It was the worst anti-abortion law ever. Yet these same feminists, who insist that the Government keep its hands of their bodies, are remarkably silent, or even supportive, of this expansion of Government power over their bodies.
And that this is Government expansion is hardly a question, is it? Certainly, at the moment, this is "voluntary." The 27 participating hospitals signed on "voluntarilly." But from the Mayor who has banned trans-fats, salt, and "large sugary drinks," is there any question that he'll remove the "voluntary" label from this if he gets the chance? Why ceede this man any more power? Why ceede the Government any more power?