U.S. Wants to Keep Moms Abroad from Breastfeeding
The U.S. government tried to extend its anti-women agenda to the rest of the world by threatening to withhold funding.
Yes, unfortunately you read that correctly.
The United States stunned the world by threatening to withdraw funding from countries that adopted a pro-breastfeeding resolution during a meeting of the World Health Assembly.
Initially the U.S. team tried to water down the resolution, and when that didn’t work they resorted to threats.
Eventually, Russia intervened and the U.S. withdrew its threats.
According to The Times, the U.S. delegation also attempted to block a measure on access to medication.
This is just the latest in a disturbing series of decisions that show that this administration is systematically attacking and undermining not only U.S. healthcare, but women’s rights as well.
It also shows that the administration continues to align itself with industry and corporate interests rather than with the interests of the people, as the U.S. position coincided perfectly with infant formula manufacturers.
The delegation attempted to disguise its attempts to block the resolution as a feminist decision, citing women who are unable to breastfeed.
“The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding. The United States was fighting to protect women’s abilities to make the best choices for the nutrition of their babies. Many women are not able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons, these women should not be stigmatized; they should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies.” — Caitlin Oakley, Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson
Advocates for infant nutrition are outraged at the U.S. interference in the resolution, saying that the attempt to derail the resolution was a perfect example of the government prioritizing private profit over public health.
“What is at stake: breastfeeding saves women and children’s lives. It is also bad for the multibillion-dollar global infant formula (and dairy) business.” — Lucy Sullivan, executive director of 1,000 Days