ABC News has uncovered an as-yet-unreleased report from the California Department of Health that shows that the number of maternal deaths in the US has tripled in the last decade. In a recent post I talked about the infant mortality rate - suggesting that anti-abortionist should study the figures carefully, which put this country far behind most Western societies. Maternal mortality refers to women who die soon after giving birth as a result of complications caused by the labor. The rate has risen significantly, from 5.6 to 16.9 per 100,000.
Half of these deaths are considered 'preventable' - many are believed to be caused by the increase in Cesarean sections, as well as missed warning signs during the pregnancy. It is not reaching to assume both causes are at least partly the result of an elitist, for-profit healthcare system that contains an inherent disrespect for human life. A system driven by two industries - the insurance and the pharmaceutical - that want women operated on, medicated and in and out of hospital quickly. A system that doesn't want women to die - it just doesn't care if they live.
Such a situation is shocking in a country with wealth and resources beyond that available to all of the 33 countries that show far lower rates. If the infant mortality rate in the US is the ultimate example of the hypocrisy of the religious right, and strong evidence of their anti-woman agenda - then the maternal mortality rate starkly reveals the hollowness of their rhetoric. The people who want to reverse Roe Vs Wade are the same people who are blocking health care reform.