Guess what? Granma is reporting that Cuba has the LOWEST INFANT MORTALITY RATE ever in the history of the island and second only to Canada.
IN 2006, Cuba achieved the lowest infant mortality rate in its history with a figure of 5.3 per 1,000 live births; a figure that confirms us as the leading country in Latin America with respect to such an important indicator.
The aforementioned figure places the island in the top 30 nations throughout the world whose children have a greater probability of life from the moment they are born until they celebrate their first birthdays. In the general panorama of the Americas, only Canada has a lower rate than Cuba.
Of course that number is extremely low because Cuba has the highest abortion rate in the hemisphere, with 58.6 out of 100 women aborting their pregnancies; 209,900 abortions per year with the number of abortions that would be experienced by the average woman during her reproductive lifetime, given present age-specific abortion rates at 2.33. (1996 figures. God knows what these figures have escalated to ten years later.)