Saturday, March 13, 2010

Doubling of maternal deaths in U.S. 'scandalous,' rights group says

Holy smokes.


CNN reports
Deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years, a development that a human rights group called "scandalous and disgraceful" Friday.


Another example of why America has the best health care in the world... oh, I mean, the 37th best.

5 comments:

Kraig said...

Prof - you are a joke on this one. Why do you care when another 1.2 million are taken each year via abortion ?

Totally laughable that you even chime in on this one.

It is 'scandalous' that complications are increasing but a 'right' to intentionally kill ?!?

Eema-le said...

This increase is largely due to an increase in interventions not "lack" of care. The rate of inductions and c-sections has risen dramatically over the last 2 decades.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/moms-risk-10014105

As for prenatal care, it's 100% covered by Medicaid, but is often not used by women for other reasons. A friend of mine, a postpartum nurse at Sinai in Milwaukee, says that most of the low-income moms (who are covered by Medicaid) get very little or no pre-natal care because they see it as unnecessary. She's been working with this population for several years and hears the same thing from the other nurses, doctors, and midwives.

Anonymous said...

Kraig,

You are broadly defining the word "baby".

Check your dictionary and U.S. law.

...but why improve the lives of the poor children with social programs paid for with taxes that pay for themselves by providing basic proper nutrition, blanklet, clothes, water, and basic education.

No, let's lower taxes, cut social programs for the poor, and let's make abortion illegal (guarantee abortion seeking mothers prison or the death penalty (= further social cost) and add 1.2 million more to the ranks of unwanted children (= further social cost).

If you want to stop abortions, create an orphanage.

Ina May Gaskin said...

I've been knowing about this for 12 years, after reading a report from the Centers for Disease Control that admitted that as many as 2/3 of the maternal deaths that happen don't get officially recorded. Different states have different questions on their death certificates, some refusing still to use the U. S. Standard Death Certificate. This loses some names. Also, there are no penalties for misreporting or misclassifying a maternal death, so no wonder the count is less than the actual. Meanwhile, women are subjected to many unnecessary interventions, some of which kill. We need to study what other countries do—countries with lower death rates than ours. Go to www.rememberthemothers.org for more info. See the "Virtual Quilt".

Kraig said...

....let's make abortion illegal (guarantee abortion seeking mothers prison or the death penalty (= further social cost) and add 1.2 million more to the ranks of unwanted children (= further social cost)....

Prof - I thought abortion was about Women's Rights ? When did you guys change it to being a Cost Saving measure ?? Maybe you should let your party know of the change. I think there are some really good Democrats who are unaware you have moved this debate to a line item on a budget. Interesting..........