They're not banning them altogether, which would be nice too, just the ones before 39 weeks. I'm almost certain it's to do with the March of Dimes initiative, which is not brand new. When I was pregnant with DD (now almost 6mo old) my OB handed me a MoD pamphlet that basically said - unless there is a true medical need, we are not going to deliver you by any fashion before 39 weeks, so don't bother asking. I am glad to see this, because your average lay person doesn't realize the tremendous amount of fetal brain growth/development that occurs between 35 and 39 weeks.
I had a patient a few months ago who was set to be induced at 34 weeks (PPROM on long term bedrest) who was genuinely shocked that her baby would end up in NICU for more than a couple days.
This quote at the end was what galled me the most:
"You're already out of control of your body, so at least to know if you go to your doctor's office and say, 'Look, we're at 37 weeks, and I feel like I'm ready,' " Lisa Coulouris, who had twins via emergency C-section earlier this year, told NPR. "To know that I would have that choice would just make me feel better. But to take it away from me just adds to the pressure of being pregnant.
"I feel like I'm ready?" You might feel like you're ready, but your babies likely aren't, or they'd be letting you know. Taking the choice of induction/section away from you would add to the pressure of being pregnant? Come on. I know those last few weeks are uncomfortable, but that's part of the bargain. You don't get to have your baby delivered just because
you feel like you are ready. Or, you shouldn't anyway.
Sorry for the soapbox rant. I am just of the opinion, having seen it too many times, that if you push Mother Nature enough, she will eventually push back, and hard.