Saturday, October 22, 2011
An Inconvenient Truth...
In article in National Review, James Atlas of Stanford Medical Center says something is not right here. He thinks that the problem may be that fact that a lot of countries do not count the deaths in the same way. Some, including some in Europe -- like Belgium, France, and Spain -- don't count a baby as born alive until that baby lives a certain period of time following birth (not the definition of the WHO that collects such stats).
So perhaps 30% of these infant deaths go uncounted since the baby does not live long enough to be counted as having been born a live.... read that sentence a couple of times.... hmmmmmm - did not live long enough to be counted as born alive???
This is not about where the USA ranks on a list. This is about the value attached to life -- a meter that does not begin running until the baby has made it around the block on his or her own first. Never mind that the child has been alive for nine months in the womb. Never mind that a live birth is just that -- a live birth -- no matter how long that life endures. Hmmmmm... there is something here that is most distressing. If we can do this to the beginning of life, can it be long before we will declare a life over when it ceases to fit the definition of a well lived life? You do the thinking!