Knowing that WIC is being cut during the shutdown because of the shutdown is really alarming to me, because everyone knows that adequate nutrition is super important to brain development (http://main.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_key_brainFAQ#nutrition).
As a child, I was healthy and at the top of my class, and I went on to attend elite universities for college and grad school. If I had not had WIC as a fetus/ and baby, would my brain have developed the same way? Would I have been able to reach the same academic potential as I was capable of reaching? Maybe not.
In a time when the types of moms on WIC can't even afford diapers --
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/it-made-me-feel-ashamed-poor-moms-anguish-over-diaper-6C10775589 -- what will happen to their food supply while WIC is unavailable?? How will that impact the development of brains and bodies of fetuses and babies? These babies will grow up to be adults and workers, and we are shortchanging our own country's future human capital by holding WIC and other programs hostage.