The recent murder of abortion doctor George Tiller (more about that incident later today) made me think of this appalling statistic. As an American this has always bewildered and embarrassed me:
Here's the list of nations with a lower infant mortality rate than the United States (in order from lowest to highest):We're getting beat on this front by Slovenia and New Caledonia. If you know three facts about either of these countries or can even point to them on an unlabeled map you're a better man than I, yet they have lower infant mortality rates than we do here in the richest and most powerful nation on the planet. But hey, we still have the biggest guns and the most bombs so that means we're winning, right? USA! USA! Oh what, fuck the children? Alright, but can I still shout "USA! USA!" at the top of my lungs? Sweet, then we're still winning. The system works.1) Iceland
6) Hong Kong
8) Czech Republic
11) South Korea
23) United Kingdom
28) New Zealand
30) Channel Islands ( Jersey and Guernsey)
33) New Caledonia
34) United States
Until the anti-choice legions begin to support free and universal healthcare for pregnant mothers and post-natal families, it's difficult to take them seriously on abortion -- "life" doesn't end at birth.
The question that ought to be resolved: Are private healthcare profits and "anti-socialism" talking points more important than protecting children with free and universal healthcare?