In millions of words discussing health care by both opponents of Affordable Health Care and advocates there is little discussion of basic grade school economics. Every time a dollar is spent on anything it is a dollar less spent on something else. Every hour spent producing one good or service is an hour of producing something else gone forever.
Every hour of time and dollar spent on health care is that much less produced somewhere else and spent on other things. Within health care, the same rule applies. The more of the finite amount of money and labor used for one purpose in health care the less is available for some other health issue.
Saving premature babies is understandably a popular cause. It has attracted tons of money. Anti abortion forces cheer on efforts to move the survivability clock backwards.
It is a sad case that politics drives money when lives are involved, but inevitably it does. That it is happening was made clear in a National Public Radio investigative report. It found that more money spent on infant survival lowered infant mortality. Unfortunately, survival of mothers in childbirth fell during the same period in the United States.
In the link, it is shown women are not monitored adequately during childbirth. Many of the deaths are preventable.
World wide, there are 830 deaths in childbirth every day. The old saw of anti abortionists that abortion is dangerous implies childbirth is safer.
Childbirth is a serious event for women and they deserve more attention.