The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Infant Deaths:
A Barometer of a Sick Society

May 13, 2013

According to a Save The Children Foundation study, 11,300 infants born in the U.S. each year die within 24 hours of birth, primarily from complications of premature delivery.

This U.S. figure is the very worst of all the world’s 34 industrialized countries. In fact, if ALL the other industrialized countries are added together, their first-day deaths total less than 7,600–even though the combined population of those 33 wealthy countries is three times larger than the U.S.!

In fact, the only countries with higher numbers of first-day infant deaths are India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Indonesia.

Why does the U.S. infant death toll most resemble those of the great impoverished nations of the world? The Save The Children Foundation, since it is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, does not go into detail. Their favorite capitalist society might be too strongly indicted!

But this wealthiest of countries is most of all a country divided into economic classes. Most of the working class, the poor, the unemployed, cannot afford to pay for pre-natal health care for pregnant women. Nor can they afford healthy conditions to live in, nor access to family planning, nor even basic healthy food.

The ripping apart of the U.S. social safety net has created a more extremely sick society. The sickness is accurately measured by the fate of so many infants, unable to live even 24 hours in the class society into which they are born.