Alabama is one of two states, with Georgia, that enacted new abortion restrictions over the last week. Their records on maternal and infant health are shameful. Alabama is tied for fourth-worst place in infant mortality, with a rate of 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Georgia, with a rate of 7.2, is tied for seventh-worst.
Experts have connected the dots between abortion restrictions and maternal and infant health problems. Limits on access to legal abortions can prompt women to choose unsafe alternatives. Indeed, the reported rate of maternal deaths in Texas soared from 72 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 148 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2012, a trend that some experts attributed to the state’s closing of abortion clinics and cuts in funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning services during the same period.
Unintended pregnancies, moreover, tend to be associated with poor health for women and their children, an unsurprising development among households with unwanted children.
The restrictions also have economic and racial components, for low-income and minority women face difficulties in accessing healthcare even under ideal conditions. The restrictions tend to fall heaviest on them.
States with the largest number of abortion restrictions tended to have high infant mortality rates of 7.0 or above; abortion-friendly states had much lower rates. (CDC)
A woman facing an abortion will have to make one of the most difficult choices of her life. Many women report feeling remorse or regret for choosing to have an abortion for any reason.
We have been hearing politicians and evangelicals talking about “quality of life,” then should we not extend this belief to every living man, woman, and child? These states that are ‘so’ concerned about a fetus need to care as much for every single living soul in their states. If life is so precious, then make sure ALL life is valued.
A state that has the death penalty is ending what once was an 8-week old fetus. So where do you draw the line? Should we only care while the woman is pregnant but once a baby is born who cares about that life?