Saturday, February 05, 2005

Baby-friendly states

Rich Lowry describes New York's successful fight against AIDS among babies in New York. In 1990, 321 babies were born with AIDS. In 2003 there were 5. All babies are tested at birth for HIV, and this has encouraged mothers to get tested during pregnancy. Unsurprisingly, since mothers love their children, those who tested positive took anti-viral therapy that kept their babies from getting infected. Equally unsurprisingly, organizations that hate children, like NARAL, fought the infant testing law tooth and nail.

Connecticut was the first state to test newborns for HIV. Most other states have no testing law or at most require that pregnant mothers be told about the test. Does your state protect babies from AIDS? If not, what is your state legislator doing about it?

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