Old Man CDC released a report on Tuesday that shakes a cane at young women who drink when they aren't on birth control. Subtitled "Sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop drinking alcohol, but most keep drinking," the CDC's report focuses on the "estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy."
Like many grumpy old men, the CDC means well: fetal alcohol syndrome is a very real danger. Recommending that women who are actively trying to get pregnant shouldn't drink because "Most women don’t know they are pregnant until they are four to six weeks into the pregnancy and could unknowingly be exposing their developing baby to alcohol" is a totally reasonable suggestion.
What is less reasonable, as many women are pointing out today, is to tell a young woman to never drink because she might accidentally fertilize a child. It's a suggestion that implies several things: that women don't know how to take care of their own reproductive health, that ladies are basically just baby-carriers-to-be, and that women shouldn't be allowed to enjoy the same recreational substances as men.
Women have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure:
Obviously, the CDC has humanity's best interest at heart. But it could be a little less grandfatherly about it.