In recent news the NY Times has reported that the U.S. has opposed a U.N. resolution supporting breast feeding. I am no expert, but I understand science has supported the advantages of breast milk for human mammals, and promoters of breast-feeding are trying to encourage mothers, particularly third world mothers that it is great to let the tyke suckle. Apparently American baby formula makers sense a threat, and have lobbied the current administration to oppose this resolution. This has occurred at an international meeting of the U.N.’s body that advises on health matters.
The report states that Ecuador was going to introduce the resolution. The U.S. then threatened economic sanctions and withdrawal of military aid. We don’t mess around. However, it was also reported that the resolution would be introduced anyway by Russia. We didn’t threaten any retaliation on the Ruskies. Imagine that. Wonder why.
The administration denies trying to discourage breast-feeding. They deny threatening sanctions but the Times is sticking to their story. Their position is that women should have a choice. Again, imagine that. Wonder how that squares with reproductive rights—should women have a choice regarding birth control and abortion?
I didn’t realize that the baby formula lobby was so powerful. Makes me wonder what else I don’t realize.
What I do realize is that Trump has nominated a conservative to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and people who support birth control and a woman’s right to choose are up in arms sensing an overturn of Roe vs. Wade, or at the very least, a support of restrictive state laws. I anticipate weeks of senate hearing rancor, fawning by supporters, doomsday pronouncements by opponents, and non-answers by the candidate. I also think he will be confirmed. Even if he isn’t, Trump will just run up another Federalist Society approved candidate up the flagpole. Sorry, Democrats, elections have consequences.
Speaking of consequences, I heard that young women are riled up and will lead a blue wave vote in the mid-terms this November. Go get ‘em, ya mothers!