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Monday, October 15

We Are Forty One! Yeah!

For a country so darn obsessed with being "pro-life" and hell bent on shoving family values down our throats, you would think that we'd fare much better in maternal death (dying during or just after pregnancy) statistics among industrialized countries. But we suck. The US has a sharply higher maternal death rate than most European countries, even poor ones.

In the US, one in 4,800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications.

Do you think that the so-called "pro-lifers" who also ally with the GOP that would sooner cut their balls off than properly insure Americans could make sense of this?

Imagine this: One out of 47,600 women in Ireland die during or just after childbirth.
In Bosnia, only 1 in 29,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth.

The average risk in the top 10 European countries where good quality health care is provided, fewer than one in 16,400 will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

At the other end of the scale are ten countries where high fertility and shattered health care systems raise women's lifetime risk so that more than one in every 15 women will die of pregnancy-related causes," it said.

The report, published in the Lancet medical journal, places the United States 41st among 171 countries.
It appears that "minorites" in the US are what drags the statistics down and is probably why white Americans are complacent.
According to the U.S. National center for Health Statistics, about 6 million U.S. women get pregnant every year. Four million children are born, about 1 million pregnancies end in miscarriages and another 1 million in induced abortion.

The major direct causes of U.S. pregnancy-related deaths are blood clots, hemorrhage, complications of medical conditions, and eclampsia and pre-eclampsia, which are marked by dangerously high blood pressure.

The death rate among U.S. black women was nearly four times the rate found among non-Hispanic white women -- 34.7 deaths per 100,000 live births for blacks versus 9.3 per 100,000 live births for whites, the report said.
As someone who grew up with "America is the greatest nation in the world," being shoved down my throat, when I dared to ask questions, I grow increasingly disenchanted as I look back and wonder how many lies my parents told me.

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