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Texas Has The Highest Maternal Mortality Rate Not Just In The US But In The Entire Developed World

Health & Wellness  (tags: University of Maryland, study, maternal mortality rate, Texas, health care cut backs )

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Massive budget cuts to Texas health care system are finally starting to show as a study by the University of Maryland reveals that their maternal mortality rate has increased drastically within the past decade.

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Sheryl G (363)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 6:23 pm
We keep making #1 - only always in the wrong places.

JL A (282)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 6:33 pm
So true Dandelion...women with conditions that make any pregnancy high risk without adequate birth control access and/or abortion access make these numbers worse and that is what TX politicians are trying to ensure happens with all their efforts to close related clinics and services--I'd call them a death panel myself.

MmAway M (503)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 6:41 pm
Sweetie I wrote a post here and went to check it went POOF!

TY for the post! xxoo

Janis K (128)
Sunday June 18, 2017, 6:42 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Dawnie W (250)
Monday June 19, 2017, 1:02 am
💙💜Noted...A terrible state of affairs. All this draconian action in such a mighty democracy. Something is wrong with the leaders in power. 💙💜Thank you...Dandelion.💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ💙😉

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:25 am
It's official:USA is a third world Country,sad.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:40 am
Agreed with your simple but clear, honest assessment, Dandelion.

How anyone can justify the type of budgets going into defense, when the countries basic "household/domestic" issues need managing.

Freya H (356)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:59 am
And they just put some ridiculous restrictions on abortion. Talk about hypocrisy!

Winn Adams (179)
Monday June 19, 2017, 6:34 am
Absolutely unacceptable. :-(

Evelyn B (62)
Monday June 19, 2017, 9:40 am
It is one of the greatest ironies that somehow don't get shouted from the rooftops:

The "right to life" anti-family planning movements & their political translators are causing DEATHS - of adult females especially, but also of children who parents didn't plan, & can't afford to provide full preventive health care.

This rise in maternal mortality represents DEATHS of individual women in Texas. AVOIDABLE DEATHS.
But the State government prefers to give money (almost 10% of the State budget for providing family planning to low income women) to The Heidi Group - an anti-abortion group that doesn't provide basic health services ...

(Last August, The Guardian ran an article on the same subject : Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds

As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period

Why am I not surprised to see the composition of the Texas Women’s Health Advisory Committee, created by Senate Bill 200 of the 84th Legislature (Regular Session), to advise the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on women’s health programs?


Chair: Paula Turicchi, Parkland
Vice Chair: Dr. Janet Realini, Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition
Dr. Jennifer Almonte-Gonzalez, Women’s Center of Excellence
Carol Everett, The Heidi Group
Dr. Moss Hampton, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Peggy Smith, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. John Thoppil, River Place OBGYN
Eric Todd, Brazos Valley Community Action
Martha Zuniga, South Texas Family Planning

See the 4th name?
Conflict of interests when it comes to budget allocations ????????????????????????????????????????

If I were a little more cynical, I might think that in fact this whole policy is a cover for eugenics ...

Evelyn B (62)
Monday June 19, 2017, 9:55 am
A related article in the Guardian (dated January 2017) should be read, too:
Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

Extract from this article:
"In the weeks ahead, members of Congress will attempt to replicate Midland’s experiment on a grand scale by defunding Planned Parenthood across the country. They will do so in the form of a budget that blocks Planned Parenthood from accepting Medicaid, the government-funded insurance for low-income individuals.

It’s a move Republicans have long framed as a rebuke of Planned Parenthood’s role in providing abortions – even though Medicaid is prohibited from covering abortions by law, and only half of Planned Parenthood clinics even offer the procedure.

What Medicaid does do is allow Planned Parenthood to provide contraception, cancer screenings and STI tests to 1.5 million patients in the public safety net at some 650 health centers for no cost. About two-fifths of the organization’s $1.3bn annual budget derives from public funding. Without the reimbursements Medicaid provides, a spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood said, an unknown number of those centers will have to close."

Sheryl G (363)
Monday June 19, 2017, 12:02 pm
I'm sure in has something to do with it Evelyn, eugenics, even if it is only in the back of the mind. There are in this Country 'sacrifice zones" so there are also "sacrifice people". Basically anyone that can't figure it out with odds stacked against them, many are white, but the wealthy see them has not really "them" - that they are somehow flowed, else they'd not be in that situation, so they have no empathy for them anymore than they have for those with darker skin.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday June 19, 2017, 12:58 pm
Noted, Thanks

Spy K (224)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:49 pm
noted------very SAD

Barb SiteIssues V (201)
Monday June 19, 2017, 2:49 pm
Noted, Thank you

Marco C (31)
Monday June 19, 2017, 3:37 pm
Oh, how nice, now Texas has something else to be proud of. Do they hand out trophies for regressive governance too? Texas could be in the running for that as well. While they are at it why not go back to candle light, horses and buggies too, they won't have to fuss about this sustainable energy stuff.

Colleen L (3)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:40 pm
Sad information. Thanks Dandelion

Sheryl G (363)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:51 pm
And to think Texas is in charge of what educational books go out to the rest of the Nation. This whole Country is going backwards, just some States faster than others.

Freya H (356)
Monday June 19, 2017, 5:53 pm
No wonder some people in California are calling for the state to secede. I, on the other hand, believe the best thing to do is stay and fight - starting with ballots. Let us hope, and pray if we are religious, that we don't have to resort to other means--

Janet B (0)
Monday June 19, 2017, 6:01 pm

Raleighaway k (371)
Monday June 19, 2017, 8:46 pm
noted shared - this is disgusting!

Julie W (32)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 2:44 am
That is just shocking news!

Janet B (0)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 1:14 pm

Roberto MARINI (90)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 6:48 am
very sad statistic

Debra G (0)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 10:30 am
Here's Why: Thierry's bill - which was backed by the Texas Medical Association and American Heart Association - died along with a parade of other proposals after tea party-backed lawmakers, protesting a lack of movement of their own pet issues, used a House procedural maneuver to kill every bill on a legislative calendar that wasn't supposed to generate debate. And the next legislative session is in 2019, so don't expect the numbers to get better for a long time.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 1:55 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 7:01 pm
Thanks Debra for the explanation. Too bad we have such cruel people in the USA that play with the lives of women as if it were nothing.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 11:31 pm
Thank you

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 23, 2017, 6:45 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 27, 2017, 12:09 am
Thanks again

Melania Padilla (122)
Sunday July 23, 2017, 10:11 am
How sad, and to think this happens with all the resources the US has :(

Jeanne R (1208)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:19 am
While this saddens and angers me, I am not surprised. Texas is a good ol' boys state that, clearly, cares cares little about women's rights.
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