Death Without Weeping - Death Without Weeping It is so hard to think of children dying in the United States from diseases which can be cured and

Death Without Weeping - Death Without Weeping It is so hard...

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Death Without Weeping It is so hard to think of children dying in the United States from diseases which can be cured and diseases which cannot. Mothers in America would hope for three children, especially healthy ones. The Alto women wish for a family size of three as well but they always seem to have around ten to twelve. Why do these women keep having more children than they wish? As stated in Death Without Weeping, Alto families live in horrendous conditions with no food, clean water, and dirty homes. When the child is born, all the mother can do is wish for a strong, healthy baby who will survive malnourishment, germ-filled water, and being unattended. Some would wonder why do these children die and Alto women have many answers to that question. They said the children die because they are poor and hungry, drink filthy water with germs, cannot afford to keep shoes on their feet, worthless medical care, and the biggest reason is neglect. (Scheper-Hughes, 1992; 313) Table 7.5 shows a comparison between young and older women and both have most of their babies die during infancy. (Scheper-Hughes, 1992; 312) Women have to continue trying to have another child until her family is complete. Sometimes women have more than they wanted because of inconsistent birth control and no ability to conduct a hysterectomy. Most men do not use condoms with their wives, only with prostitutes; no protection means bigger chance of becoming pregnant.
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