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Will it ‘eck is the likely response to that of course but there is an element of it being necessary to demand more. For, here’s a piece from the Guardian:

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

Yes, you know, Republicans, naughty righties, are killing mothers. Of course, we get Jessica Valenti piling in on this:

Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

This dubious honor is a recent one, with a study showing that the rate of women dying from pregnancy complications doubled from 2010-2014. It’s not a coincidence, of course, that there was another major happening around women’s health in Texas during those years: the deliberate closure of clinics that provide abortion and a drastic funding cut to the state’s family planning budget.

As my colleague Molly Redden points out, Texas gutted the state’s family planning budget by more than $73m in 2011, forcing clinics to shut down and dramatically reducing the number of women they could provide services to. By 2014, 600 women had died from pregnancy-related complications.

It’s almost as if what feminists have been saying for years is true: limiting reproductive rights hurts women across the board. Access to reproductive care is necessary not just to prevent or end pregnancies, but to ensure healthy outcomes for those who choose to carry their pregnancies to term.

Well, yes. Except the maternal mortality rate didn’t double at all. They’d just been counting wrong. The same problem which leads to much of the demand for abortion services of course:

A startling data point that showed Texas had the highest maternal mortality rate in 2012 and prompted increased legislative focus on the issue last year was actually incorrect, according to a study published Monday.

A 2016 study published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology said that in 2012, Texas reported 147 women who died from pregnancy-related causes. The same journal on Monday released a new study by Texas Department of State Health Services researchers who say the number of maternal deaths was much lower 56.

Note that the absence of the spike also means the entire absence of any connection with the provision of abortion or other family planning services. Or indeed, evil Republicans trying to grind women’s reproductive rights into the dust.

So sloppy, in fact, that more than half of the deaths that were recorded as pregnancy-related that year were recorded that way in error.

And the rate – the important number to observe – falls below the national average as a result. So, yes, we will be seeing retractions of those stories, won’t we?

No, really, we’re in a battle about truth and the proper management of life, aren’t we, not just spouting propaganda…..