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The state of motherhood around the world

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  • sigmund5 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Another study on this topic called "Family Values Are Fiction: Uncle Sam’s Poor Treatment of Mothers" shows a very picture. Itreveals that the U.S. lags behind even Pakistan, Iran, and Ethiopia when it comes to laws that better protect new mothers.

    Currently, thirty-seven industrialized countries provide at least partial pay for eighteen weeks, with job protection, and two-thirds of these give paid paternity leave as well as optional parental leave to be taken by either parent. Twenty-two of the aforementioned countries allow for a total leave of six months to two years (or more); averaging fourteen months.

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 8, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    The graphic showing raw numbers per country seems like an odd way to analyze this issue. China's gigantic population leads to a large number of infant deaths, but doesn't necessarily translate to a high mortality rate (though I'm not arguing the rate is low there). Much more relevant is the mrotality rate per 100 or 1000 infants born. I don't think there's an effort to skew the statistics here, I just think it's much more useful to look at per capital rates than to look at the raw number of infants per country.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 8, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    It is hard for people in our country to realize how good we have it in so many ways. Having lived in countries around the world where babies die in front of you with fingers the size of a toothpick thickness and see the anguish on the mothers and listen to their screams and crying is something you don't forget. We have medical care and a lot of it is for abortions. These women in the countries listed have given birth to their child and then lose it due to nutrition, clean water, sanitation, lack of care in countries where the population and religious beliefs don't espouse proper care.

    These people don't have proper dwellings, whether heat, cold, rain and wind and predators waiting for someone to die. We don't like to think of those conditions. Some places have war, turmoil and people without jobs and a government that can't tax the people that don't have anything to give.

    Government is fat, dumb and happy to keep their jobs, whether as elected officials or bureaucrats. Government of the people can become of the mobs if we allow them. Where are ideals and morals?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 7, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    Check your graphic. I think #2 is Nigeria, not an extension of India.