We Can’t Fight Infant Mortality Without Also Fighting Abortion

Opinion   |   Katie McCann   |   Sep 16, 2013   |   3:57PM   |   Columbus, OH

Lowering the infant mortality rate is a great task that is very rightly commanding passionate, bipartisan attention not only in Ohio, but throughout the nation. Pro-lifers everywhere should be encouraged to see bipartisan efforts being made to save innocent children and to bolster their health inside and outside the womb. However, we would be remiss not to note the sad twist of irony.

In combating Ohio’s infant mortality rate (the third worst in the nation), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has adopted the following challenge: “Helping Ohio Babies Live to See Their 1st Birthday.”

Keep in mind that this challenge has been adopted for a thoroughly bipartisan issue. When it comes to infant mortality, we unite against a common enemy: Death.

But not every death threat posed to our babies is treated with the same bipartisan regard. Victims of abortion face the same enemy that victims of infant mortality face. There even seem to be some parallels between the two threats of death, as both black and poor babies are disproportionately threatened by infant mortality and abortion alike.

But the frightening thing about abortion is that its deaths are deliberately inflicted. They are deaths that are celebrated as choice by abortion lobbyists and politicians donning pink t-shirts and sneakers.

How can we lower the infant mortality rate by discouraging pregnant women from smoking and flooding their bodies with chemicals that harm their babies…and simultaneously tell women that taking mifepristone, a chemical abortion that deliberately kills the baby, advances “women’s rights and health”?

In the midst of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, we in the pro-life movement might as well claim ODH’s noble challenge as our own.

How can babies possibly live to see their first birthday, if they don’t have a birthday to begin with?

If every baby can’t even make it out of the womb to see their birthday, can Ohio really achieve ODH’s goal?

LifeNews Note: Katie McCann writes for Ohio Right to Life. This originally appeared at the Ohio Right to Life blog.