Chelsea Follett writes: Recent reports that infants now die at a higher rate in Venezuela than in war-torn Syria were, sadly, unsurprising – the results of socialist economics are predictable. Venezuela’s infant mortality rate has actually been above Syria’s since 2008.
The big picture, fortunately, is happier. The global infant mortality rate has plummeted. Even Syria and Venezuela, despite the impact of war and failed policies, saw improvements up to as recently as last year. From 1960 to 2015, Syria’s infant mortality rate fell by 91% and Venezuela’s by 78%.
[Read the full story here, at Foundation for Economic Education]
This year (not reflected in the graph above or below), Syria’s rate rose from 11.1 per 1,000 live births to 15.4, while Venezuela’s shot up from 12.9 to 18.6. Meanwhile, infant mortality rates have continued to fall practically everywhere else, and have declined even faster in countries that enjoy more freedom and stability. Consider Chile.
Chile’s infant mortality rate in 1960 was actually above that of both Venezuela and Syria. It managed to outperform Syria by the mid-1960s, but was still woefully behind its richer northern cousin, Venezuela. Read the rest of this entry »
Unlawful Arrest of a Pregnant Woman by Barstow PD
Body-worn camera footage released by the Barstow Police Department (recorded: 01/26/15) reveals the unlawful arrest of Charlena Michelle Cooks, who at the time was eight months pregnant and dropping off her second-grade daughter at school.
A young expectant mother named Luo Qianxi has painted pictures on her growing bump to record her pregnancy, the Chengdu Evening News reported.
Each painting takes three to five hours, and Luo uses a mirror to see what she is painting on her bump. The paints she used are specially made and don’t contain any harmful chemicals.
Painting on Luo’s belly. [Photo: Luo’s Sina Weibo page]
“With painting enriching the pregnancy, I have gotten rid of fear and am ready for my baby,” she said. Now friends have invited her to paint on their bellies.
An expectant mother named Luo Qianxi shows her works of art on the stomach featuring her unborn baby. Luo, a painter by profession, has painted pictures on her growing bump to record her pregnancy. [Photo: Photo: Luo’s Sina Weibo page] Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s just two of the super-classy, super-clever signs abortion rights activists are carrying around in Texas.
This is a fundamental disadvantage that pro-choice activists have in the public debate. Most of the pro-lifers I know have the moral imagination to at least understand where pro-choice women are coming from (I still wrestle with the issue of very early abortions myself). Every pro-lifer I’ve ever talked to has understood that unwanted or unexpected pregnancies can pose a real crisis for women (and men). That’s one reason pro-lifers invest so much in counseling efforts. I haven’t been to too many pro-life protests, so maybe I’ve missed the signs belittling pregnant women who want to have an abortion. But something tells me that if such signs existed, MSNBC & Co. would hype them relentlessly.
Regardless, when you see these people cheerfully making terrible puns and rhymes about fetuses and embryos, like it’s all a big joke, it’s hard not to conclude that they lack a moral imagination of any kind. Even most pro-choice women understand that there’s some moral significance to a fetus, which is why they tend to support some restrictions on late-term abortions. It is also why, when they decide to have a baby, they treat their in-utero child as something truly precious. Meanwhile, these activists trivialize what to most Americans is not trivial. I’m sure they have their giggles and someone writes them a check. But it’s no way to persuade the unpersuaded.