Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Prevent abortions. Wage peace.

If Michael McManus is serious about protecting the lives of female babies he should look deeper into the greatest causes of female baby infanticide. Nearly 10,000 children die every day in India (half of them female) from easily preventable malnutrition and infection. The same number dialing over the entire continent of Africa as a result of poverty.

Female infanticide is certainly a horrific problem worth addressing but far greater progress could be made with limited time and money if he and others like him were really interested in saving lives and not just dealing with their single issue of abortion.

If McManus and others like him really want to prevent abortions (which is truly a grand humanitarian idea) he/they would really focus on stopping war, starvation, genocide and toxic waste in the environment. Spontaneous abortions from any one of these four sources are greater than all the medically performed abortions combined.

They might also consider worth against US foreign aid that goes to Israel given that it ends up supporting the government funded abortions in that religious state. I’m guessing that the mission of his organization “Ethics and Religion” is so watered down that they don’t even consider these premature child deaths an issue.

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