Well, not really.
Actually we’re number 25 on Save the Children’s list of best places to be a mother, however we are number one in pregnancy-related deaths.
The aid organization Save the Children released its annual State of the World’s Mothers report Tuesday. Once again, conditions for moms in the U.S. trailed that of many other developed nations. The country’s position climbed six places to 25th, sandwiched between Belarus and the Czech Republic.
Save the Children’s 2012 rankings compare 165 countries — 122 in the developing world — examining maternal health, education and economic status alongside the health and nutrition of children. The group turns its attention to mothers because “the quality of children’s lives depends on the health, security and well-being of their mothers,” the organization said, in a statement. [...]
The United States performs relatively poorly among the 43 developed nations in the rankings because mothers here have a 1 in 2,100 risk of pregnancy-related death — the worst of any industrialized nation, Save the Children said. The United States ranked 41st in child mortality. Women in the U.S. have relatively low political status, and children here aren’t enrolled in preschool as often as in other countries. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee working mothers paid leave, the group said.
Meanwhile, Arizona Republicans are pushing a bill to allow doctors to lie to expecting mothers if they suspect the truth could otherwise lead to an abortion.
Apparently the “worst of any industrialized nation” mantle hasn’t gone far enough in the War on Women.