America, with no NHS as yet and with abortion on demand at every stage of pregnancy, comes out worse than some forty other counties in terms of maternal mortality.
Whereas the Irish Republic comes top, while Northern Ireland, the only part of the United Kingdom where the combination of the NHS and the legal protection of the child in the womb still obtains (as it did for a generation throughout the country), beats England, Scotland and Wales hands down. The truly awful Jane Garvey on Woman's Hour presented the figure from the Irish Republic as self-evident proof that the figures overall were wrong. They are not.
England, Scotland and Wales must return to the happy situation, now aided by the intervening developments in medical science, that obtained between 1948 and 1967. Meanwhile, America must move as rapidly as possible, even if initially via a public option, to a single-payer system alongside the full, unexpurgated Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
The latter will come to pass, and really quite quickly: Middle America, taxed to pay the health insurance companies whatever they feel like charging, will insist on it. But when will the former come to pass?