The president of the National Organization of Women says that abortion is the cure for the “heartbreak of infant mortality.”
In a blog post to Now.org, Terry O’Neill writes, “From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality, and to prevent another tragedy as well — maternal death.”
What O’Neill is arguing is that abortion could actually improve public health and save lives. But following that logic ultimately leads to the suggestion of aborting babies before they have a chance to die or harm their mother.
O’Neill makes her case citing two statistics from Save the Children: America records 30 infant deaths each day and the premature birth rate in the country is 1 in 8 births. O’Neill argues that these numbers can be directly linked to the failure of the public health system in providing “adequate” contraception and abortion services. “About half of pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended, and for those women who carry their pregnancies to term (more than half do), the prognosis is anything but great. They not only experience higher rates of premature birth, but also are more likely to have inadequate prenatal care, low birth weight and small size infants, maternal depression and anxiety,” writes O’Neill.
O’Neill warns that teen mothers may be even more at risk: “[B]ecause teen mothers tend to be poorer, less educated and receive less prenatal care than older women, babies born to teen mothers are more likely to be low birth weight and be born prematurely, and to die in their first month.”