The NY Times reports:
The New York Times spent weeks following women inside the country’s health care system, which has been crippled by a broken economy overseen by an increasingly authoritarian government.
That is Venezuela of course.
For many Venezuelan women today, the defining feature of childbirth is the ruleta, or roulette: The gruelling process of traveling from hospital to hospital, trying to find one that is equipped to help them.
They sometimes hitchhike, or walk for miles, or take buses over roads whose ruts and bumps seem designed just to torture them. In rare cases, they are rejected over and over until finally giving birth in the street, on a hospital’s steps — or in its lobby.
Roulette for childbirth – true equality.
In his many televised speeches, the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has characterized the country’s health system as facing challenges but generally doing well. As recently as March, he encouraged women to “give birth, give birth,” saying that every woman “should have six children” for the good of the country.
He really is nuts.