NICHOLAS KRISTOF: For Mother’s Day, save women’s lives
EDITOR’S NOTE: Nicholas Kristof has been a columnist for The Times since 2001. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes, for his coverage of China and of the genocide in Darfur.
Happy Mother’s Day! Your mom is the best!
Save, of course, for mine. And my wife. And, I rush to add, my mother-in-law.
I can’t think of any group of people more selfless and loving than mothers. But this celebration of motherhood is also hypocritical: For all our rhetoric, we routinely fail mothers here in the U.S. and around the world.
On this Mother’s Day, if it’s like the average day, another 830 women will die around the globe from pregnancy or childbirth. That’s one woman dying every two minutes. Indeed, in much of the world, just about the most dangerous thing a woman can do is become pregnant.