This one’s from a commenter! No, the commenter hirself was lovely (thanks for the tip, RB!). It’s NPR’s Marketplace’s David Frum with the Daily Fail of mother-blame.
David Frum says “Health care? Who needs health care? Just follow my Four Simple Steps That No One’s Ever Thought Of BeforeTM!” And number four (which he prefaces with “Above all”! thanks for that pedestal, David!) places the US’s abysmal infant mortality rate squarely on the shoulders of mothers — wait, not just mothers, all women of potentially childbearing age! (We presume he means cis women with functioning uteri — trans, intersex, or lacking potential fertility? David Frum apparently doesn’t believe you’re a woman. Note also the way he doesn’t limit it to those in or potentially in sexual relationships with [potentially fertile and cis!] men — no, apparently it doesn’t matter if you’re celibate, childfree, lesbian, or otherwise uninterested in personally procreating via pregnancy or with no chance of conceiving without forethought. No, you, as a “[fertile cis] woman of childbearing age” are always to be considered available for the seed of Man. Abortion apparently doesn’t exist in David Frum’s world either.)
Anyway, back to blaming the mother: America’s shameful infant mortality rates apparently have nothing to do with the overall shameful health of American (fertile cis) women from our lack of access to health care, nothing to do with the class disparity in this country, nothing to do with the race disparity in this country, nothing to do with the cycle of poverty, nothing to do with the barriers in the way of many women getting living wages, healthy food, and good education, nothing to do with the 5 minute visits and battery of useless tests that pass for “prenatal care”, nothing to do with the criminal cesarean rates… nope, it’s all because American cis women of childbearing age apparently scarf narcotics, nicotine, donuts, dope, and dirty, dirty dick willy-nilly.
Will we ever learn?