Friday, March 18, 2011

Maternal deaths in NY among the highest in the nation & among African Americans

While the GOP is proposing budget cuts that would take away nutrition funding from pregnant women and babies, the following story shows how those funding sources could save NYC's pregnant mothers - especially women of color.  This is just another example of how the anti-choice is really anti-life, since they couldn't care less about hungry pregnant women and babies, cutting their food funding while continuing to fund NASCAR sponsorship by the military.  As Gloria Steinem explained at a talk in 2009, the GOP is  using this as a way to perpetuate classism and racism. If women are not allowed to choose how many kids they have and unable to feed them when they are born, those kids are destined for poverty, and the GOP's rich friends can have an unlimited resource of cheap labor they can continue to exploit.

In Solidarity,
N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)

NYC's High Maternal Deaths Defy Usual Explanations

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
...New York's high rate of maternal mortality exposes glaring risks for black women.
...throughout the United States white and black women have similar levels of pre-existing conditions during their pregnancies.
Despite this, Callahan's research has found that black women for the past five decades have consistently suffered an almost four-times greater risk of death from pregnancy complications than have white women.
...Pregnant black women in New York City face nearly double the national risk.
...the high rate of maternal deaths in New York--among the highest in the nation--and among African Americans.
...The lack of prenatal care, even in a city with public hospitals and clinics, played a definitive role in the maternal mortality rate.  

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