Poverty decides if there is death before life
While I advocate an educated pro-choice society rather than a pro-life doctrine, it is one subject where I understand that someone's spiritual beliefs will mean we will always differ.
One thing we know for sure is that contraception saves lives. As contraception use rises, maternal and infant deaths decline.
However, it's a shame that some of the reactionary fervour of many pro-lifers, particularly in America, including attacks on abortion clinics and those that attend them, is not instead aimed at the inequality of a society where poor children are twice as likely to die at birth than those of the rich.
Indeed, as a new Save The Children report published today shows, despite having more beds and doctors specialising in new borns than Canada, the UK and Australia, the survival rate of the average American baby is lower than the survival rate in any of these countries.
In the United States, the newborn mortality rate for all races combined is 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births (a suprisingly poor 10th place for the world's richest society), but for non-Hispanic American blacks, the rate is 9.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
To put this in context, deaths for black Americans are higher than the average rates in Cuba, Chile, Bahrain, Belarus, Malaysia, Oman, Hungary and Slovakia, to name but a few.
America's rural poor are the most likely group to give birth to children that die within 24 hours.
Around the world, 2 million babies a year that could be saved, do not get to live beyond their first day of life, and the inequality in America is extended globally to African nations, where mothers and children have the lowest chance of surviving a live birth.
Americans can try and help this situation by calling on their president and congressment to support the Child and Newborn Act (HR 4222) which aims to release resources to combat the issue.
And if you're worried about that putting your taxes up, then check out the cost so far of the war in Iraq at the bottom of the page.
Find the full Save The Children report here Save The Children PDF.