Jul 23, 2018 4:23 PM 6+ mon ago
Not pro-life Monday, July 23, 2018 1:06 PM A resolution encouraging breastfeeding was expected to be approved easily this spring by delegates at a United Nations assembly in Geneva. The resolution says that a mother’s milk is the healthiest for children, and countries should work to limit inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. Instead of abiding by science, the U.S. delegation sided with the interest of infant formula manufacturers and temporarily toppled deliberations. The Americans went so far as to bully Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure. U.S. delegates told the South American country’s delegation they’d inflict retaliatory trade measures and withdraw military aid if it pushed forward. Russia ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure, and the U.S. delegation backed off. The Catholic Church does not have a direct stance on breastfeeding. But the church long has advanced public health, through hospitals and social services, and advocated for a culture of life. Catholics should be dismayed at the U.S. delegation’s actions and call on our government to put its global power and influence behind life-centered initiatives. A 2018 report by UNICEF concludes that improving breastfeeding rates around the world could save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age 5 every year. It also could prevent around 20,000 maternal deaths annually. Women use milk substitutes for a range of reasons, including for adopted children or if they lack the ample support that’s often needed to breastfeed successfully. Certain health issues also make breastfeeding difficult or impossible. Yet to reject a resolution that could save lives and to abet dishonest claims by formula manufacturers are affronts to Catholic values. We celebrate that the U.N. resolution ultimately passed, but we should demand that going forward our government show greater care for babies and Read more.
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