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If only the world’s mothers could influence reproductive policy

CNN reported last month that over 515,000 Afghan women will die this year due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. UNICEF and the CDC estimate 87 percent of these deaths are preventable, and improvements in their health care system and pregnancy education are in dire need. These are the services provided by family planning programs our “pro-life” president denied funding this past year.

The only logic apparent here is that eliminating potential pregnancies through maternal death effectively prevents abortion. The tragic irony, however, is that the poorest regions of the world tend to be inhabited by cultures that value children in ways unseen in more wealthy, western civilizations. These women are not seeking abortions, only babies that survive birth, infancy and childhood free of disease and disability.

Where is the preservation of life in denying funding to such life-affirming programs? If only the mothers of the world had more power in making reproductive policy. Perhaps this little wall plaque I discovered in a Christmas catalogue says it best:

Three Wise Women

would have …

Asked directions,

Arrived on time,

Helped deliver the baby,

Cleaned the stable,

Made a casserole,

Brought practical gifts and

There would be

Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas.

Lisa Hioki

Nevada City

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