We're Number One... In Infant Mortality!

If you'd like to rev up your rage engines before the workweek, check out the op-ed section of the New York Times. One piece summarizes what many of us were already thinking- that the GOP has declared what amounts to a legislative "war on women" and have tried to restrict women's rights under the guise of "cutting the budget." It's okay, though, you guys. They read the constitution aloud on the floor, so they must totally know what they're doing.

Another piece worth reading is Charles M. Blow's grim assessment of the state of neonatal care in this country and how its pathetic state reflects the inconsistency of the Republican "pro life" stance. "Pro life" actions aren't actually resulting in more life; "pro life" voters also vote for measures that lead to higher rates of infant mortality. How bad is it? Among 30 of the world's most industrialized nations, the United States leads the pack in dead infants.

Pro life, indeed.

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Misleading article. You want to know why we have the highest rate of infant mortality? Because we have increased rates of premature infants. To date, modern medicine is incapable of preventing premature births. In fact, many point to infertility treatments, which is only available in wealthy countries, and the USA leads the pack in these treatments, are a likely cause for prematurity.

Giving women better prenatal care actually does NOTHING towards preventing prematurity, as evidenced by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sigh. Read this article. It has most of the pertinent links in here.


So if your'e looking for someone to blame for the current crisis, you're looking in the wrong place. Much as I dislike the current political environment, I can't lay the blame for this at their feet.