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The Maternal Mortality Rate In Texas Doubled In 4 Years, But Are Budget Cuts To Blame?

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There is nothing scarier for a pregnant woman to hear that she might have complications.

An equally terrifying concept is the chance that there might be complications after the pregnancy. The rate of women who die from issues after delivery has doubled from 2010 to 2014 in Texas, a new study reports.

In some situations, doctors can help out with complications and issues that crop up in the hospital, like this breech baby. But other times, things end in tragedy. This report highlights the rarity and strangeness of the high rate, as the Texas climate hasn’t changed.

These surged rates, in such a short period of time, didn’t make sense to those conducting the study, as there was no correlation to war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval. But there is a major connection to government-funded family planning.

[H/T: The Guardian]

The study reported that other states saw an increase in this mortality rate from 2000 to 2014, but no state was even remotely comparable to Texas.

Texas was singled out of all the states, as the rate in 2010 was hovering between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 women.

By 2014 that number rocketed to 33 to 35.8 per 100,000. Between 2010 and 2014, over 600 women died due to pregnancy complications

While the study found it odd there was nofactor like war, the blame has been pointed out fairly quickly in this subject.

Republican-led budget cuts began in 2011, slashing budgets for family planning services and forcing more than 80 clinics down.

Planned Parenthood was eliminated in Texas, even locations that did not provide abortions, but other necessary health options such as cancer screenings and contraception.

This increasing rate and connection to family planningisn’tthe only fear expecting mothers are being advised of in Texas now.

Southern states, like Texas, have been warned by the World Health Organization.

Do you think the budget cuts to family planning are directly related to these rising rates? Or is it an anomaly in these comparable rates?

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/maternal-mortality-rate-texas/

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