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How about the 'pro-life' lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead?

How about the ‘pro-life’ lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead?
Hadley Freeman @HadleyFreeman
Sat 25 May 2019 09.00 BST
Banning abortion isn’t the most effective place to start if you want to save lives

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2019/may/25/how-about-the-pro-life-lobby-get-behind-these-life-positive-causes-instead

Improve maternal healthcare. In a totally not shocking turn of events, it seems that the most “pro-life” US states have some of the worst rates of maternal and infant mortality in the country. Maternal mortality across the US, especially among black women, is higher than in any other wealthy country, and Alabama has the fourth highest infant mortality rate in the country.

While we’re at it, let’s campaign for universal healthcare. The rest of the developed world has accepted that affordable healthcare is a good thing, but the American right still treats the concept of going to the doctor and not ending up in crippling debt as some kind of nefarious communist plot.

Just ban guns already. Even more than the national passion for Everybody Loves Raymond, nothing baffles me more about my fellow Americans than the gun obsession. US politicians talk proudly about how they are anti-abortion because “every life is filled with potential” (Carly Fiorina) and then in the next breath refuse to admit that maybe the reason 30,000 Americans are killed by guns every year is because of all the goddamn guns.

Vaccinations. According to the World Health Organisation, 10 million lives were saved by vaccinations between 2010 and 2015. Hard to get more pro-life than that!

Sort out the climate crisis. You know what’s pro-life? Living happily in a world with a functioning ecosystem and enough clean water for all. You know what’s anti-life? Everyone being wiped out by a terrible ball of fire.

Excellent summary, Hadley!.......

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I'm a relative new-comer (2017) but feel like I've been here a long time. Great place to vent and keep up with current Democratic Party thinking and trends, and to get a snapshot of news that's important to us.

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Coolest sports celebration photo I've ever seen.

Coach gets dowsed in beer, but timing is everything!

Bayern celebrate toughest title in years with 'Robbery' send-off party
(click on image to enlarge and to see three other photos)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/may/20/bayern-munich-celebrate-toughest-title-years-arjen-robben-franck-ribery-send-off-party#img-1

Disclaimer: I'm not a big sports fan, just thought the image timing was very cool.
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