Updated on Tue, September 28, 2010 by Anne
In America the only discussion about a mother’s responsibility to her unborn child comes mainly from the pro-life movement. When the topic is a fertilized egg, women often run a gauntlet of taunts and waving placards in many US cities, just to obtain the legal medical services available to them as pregnant women.
As long as the fertilized egg stays safely embedded in the mother’s womb, America doesn’t care so much about maternal health or the mother’s responsibility to bear a healthy baby. Being Americans, the idea that our babies are doomed in advance to a series of health problems and a shrinking brain is not a pill we’re inclined to swallow.
Can you imagine a scene in America, like the one of French women breastfeeding in Paris in 2008? President Clinton signed the Treasury Postal Appropriations bill, which included Rep. Maloney’s Right to Breastfeed Act, into law in 1999.