Many conservatives claim to be deeply concerned about the unborn, but I think some of them only like the issue because (1) it costs nothing, (2) it maintains male domination of women. But, maybe I'm wrong. What do you favor doing to help the newly born. The article seems to say the difference between us and other modern nations is that we lack national health care and don't provide enough maternity leave. (When I was in Sweden, a new parent got 6 months of paid maternity leave or both parents could have 3 months off at the same time.) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Infant-Mortality.html?_r=1&oref=slogin CHICAGO (AP) -- America may be the world's superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia. Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to a new report. Latvia's rate is 6 per 1,000. ''We are the wealthiest country in the world, but there are still pockets of our population who are not getting the health care they need,'' said Mary Beth Powers, a reproductive health adviser for the U.S.-based Save the Children, which compiled the rankings based on health data from countries and agencies worldwide. The U.S. ranking is driven partly by racial and income health care disparities. Among U.S. blacks, there are 9 deaths per 1,000 live births, closer to rates in developing nations than to those in the industrialized world.