Tuesday, April 11, 2006

George Bush is a Baby Killer

The title might be a little extreme, but after all the times opponents of abortion rights have tried to obfuscate the issue by calling us “baby killers” here’s a bit of evidence that makes a much better case for applying this title to Bush and his supporters/worshippers:

IRAQ: Doctors, NGOs warn of high infant mortality in Basra
11 Apr 2006 12:48:10 GMT
Source: IRIN
BASRA, 11 April (IRIN) - As a result of water-borne diseases and a lack of medical supplies, infants born in the southern city of Basra are subject to abnormally high mortality rates, say officials of an international NGO devoted to child health issues.

“For weeks, there were no I.V. fluids available in the hospitals of Basra,” said Marie Fernandez, spokeswoman for European aid agency Saving Children from War. “As a consequence, many children, mainly under five-years old, died after suffering from extreme cases of diarrhoea.”

Fernandez went on to cite a number of problems facing local hospitals in Basra, which is located some 550km south of the capital, Baghdad. “Hospitals have no ventilators to help prematurely-born babies breathe,” Fernandez said. “And there are very few nurses available, so hospitals often must allow family members to care for patients.”

Many doctors in the area say that the local health situation has deteriorated markedly since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003. “The mortality of children in Basra has increased by nearly 30 percent compared to the Saddam Hussein era,” Dr Haydar Salah, a paediatrician at the Basra Children’s Hospital, pointed out. “Children are dying daily, and no one is doing anything to help them.”


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