Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy: Our Maternal Death Rates Are Only Bad When You Count Black Women

As conservatives across the country wage war on reproductive rights, demanding by law that women be forced to carry out any pregnancy regardless of the circumstances, they often forget (always slash) that they are doing absolutely nothing to support these people during this time. period. pregnancies or after. Mississippi, for example, where abortion becomes illegal immediately if: Roe v. Wade destroyed, has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, and recently turned down a bid to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage. And in Louisiana, which has a similar trigger law that will go into effect on… roe reversed, maternal death rates are among the worst in the nation. But according to GOP senator Bill Cassidy, the rate at which women die during pregnancy or shortly afterwards isn’t as bad as it seems — if you subtract the deaths of black women, which apparently don’t count.

In an interview with Politico, Cassidy’s words came out: “About a third of our population is African American; African Americans have a higher incidence of maternal deaths. So if you adjust our population for race, we’re not as outlier as it might seem otherwise. Now I say that not to minimize the problem, but to focus the problem where it would be. For whatever reason, people of color have a higher incidence of maternal deaths.”

There is a lot to unpack here. Let’s start with the idea that Cassidy – who wants to pay for Planned Parenthood is everything, Yes, on the face of it, our maternal death rates are appalling, but if you only count white women, they’re not that bad! Then there is the expression “for whatever reason”. In fact, there’s a reason the Louisiana legislature seems to prefer to ignore. “It’s no mystery why maternal mortality is so high among black women,” Michelle Willems, the dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health said in answer. “They are high because of the devastating effects of structural racism and individual prejudice.” As Politico points out, black mothers are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white mothers in the US, which has the worst death rate among developed countries and where “17 mothers die for every 100,000 pregnancies in the country.” In Louisiana, black mothers are four times more likely to die than white mothers.

Asked what how? Roe v. Wade being destroyed would affect maternal death rates, Cassidy dismissed the question. “If we use abortion to reduce maternal deaths, that’s a bit of an odd way to handle the problem,” he said. That is, of course, total bullshit. As NBC News reported earlier this month, “Research suggests the bans and restrictions would have multiple effects on maternal health. First, if more pregnant people can’t get the abortions they seek, they are at risk of the relatively high – and rising – death rate in the US from pregnancy-related causes, which is especially high among people of color Amy Addante, MD, a gynecologist in Illinois, put it bluntly, “There will be women who will die of pregnancy because of this decision, period.”

And in other war on women news, via HuffPost:

Donald TrumpThe election for a Michigan Senate seat promises to ban all contraception if given the chance. “I think we should ask, would that ever come to a vote in the Michigan state legislature? And if it had to, I’d have to side with it, it shouldn’t be legal,” Republican Jacky Eubanks said in a recent interview with the site Church Militant. “People believe that birth control — it’s better, like you said, oh, because then you don’t get pregnant and you don’t have to have an abortion,” she added. “But I think it gives people the false sense of security that they can have sex without consequences, and that’s neither true nor correct. Sex should be between one man and one woman within the bounds of marriage.”

While Eubanks’ comments are completely disturbing, she is far from the only Republican to suggest that contraceptives be banned. In March, Senator Marsha Blackburn called Griswold v. Connecticut— the 1965 ruling lifting a state ban on contraceptives — “constitutionally unsound,” as Idaho plans to hold a hearing to ban emergency contraception and possibly IUDs. Others have argued that anyone who is concerned about a birth control ban (or same-sex or interracial marriage) is hysterical—which, incidentally, many have said about the prospect of roe is overthrown.

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