Maternal Deaths Rose During the First Year of the Pandemic, says the NYT

Deaths during pregnancy and the first six weeks after childbirth increased, especially for Black and Hispanic women, according to a new report in the New York Times.

The number of women in the United States who died during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth increased sharply during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study, an increase that health officials attribute partly to Covid and pandemic-related disruptions.

The new report, from the National Center for Health Statistics, found that the number of maternal deaths rose 14 percent, to 861 in 2020 from 754 in 2019.

This catastrophe is the result of the state laws exterminating our right to reproductive freedom and good medical treatment during pregnancy

The Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. It is coming to a vote on February 28th. Call your Senator and make sure he or she knows how important this is to all women but particularly poor and minority women.