Trump policies aren’t pro-life -- Trudi Witonsky

July 10, 2018

I thought the Republican Party was the “family values” party and was “pro-life.”

However, the New York Times is reporting that the Trump administration pressured countries at the United Nation’s World Health Assembly to back away from recommending breast feeding. A 2016 study in the Lancet found that more breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 infant deaths a year globally and yield $300 billion in health care savings and better economic outcome for those raised on breast milk.

The current administration also has had a policy of separating immigrant families who apply for asylum -- and indeed attempting to prevent people from applying for asylum at all. This is creating trauma that will last for some people’s entire lives.

Furthermore, the current administration is pressuring parents to renounce any call for asylum to get their children back, though child safety is often the reason for immigrating. The “crisis” at the border is manufactured. The number of people immigrating is now quite low.

If actions speak louder than words, then what are we to conclude about this administration’s real values?

Trudi Witonsky, Madison

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