- Senator Bill Cassidy said his state’s high maternal mortality rate would be more standard if “race correct.”
- Louisiana has a large black population and has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the United States.
- Experts call the framework “unsettling” and argue that countries need to improve health care for black women.
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy said the state’s low maternal mortality is “outlier” because the state has a high proportion of black women. According to Politico.
Cassidy’s comment was published in Politico in an in-depth study of the lowest maternal mortality rates in Louisiana. The state was ranked 47th out of 48 states evaluated for maternal mortality. state official said.
Cassidy said this is partly because “about a third of our population is African American, and African Americans have a higher maternal mortality rate.
“So if we fix our population for race, we’re not as outlandish as we used to be. Otherwise, it will appear.”
He went on to say: “Now it’s not about minimizing the problem, it’s about focusing on where the problem is. For whatever reason, people of color have a higher maternal mortality rate.”
Overall, According to the Louisiana Department of Health, “For every white mother, four black mothers die.” This surpasses the national 3 to 1 ratio, which is already the worst in developed countries, Politico reports.
Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, discussed Cassidy’s comments. in a blog post. (The Politico article was created as part of a series partnership with the school.)
Williams said: “Why the maternal mortality rate among black women is so high is not a mystery. It is high because of the devastating effects of systemic racism and individual prejudice.”
According to the CDCBlack women are at a disadvantage in “medical access, quality of care, prevalence of chronic disease, structural racism, and implicit bias” in access to health care.
Williams said Cassidy’s framing was “embarrassing.”
“Now is not the time to argue about how states are ranked,” wrote Williams.
“This is not a moment to correct race. It is a moment to claim Louisiana. Exactly. because Because we have a very large population of black women, we have to play a leading role in making pregnancy and childbirth safer for everyone.”
She noted that Cassidy supported numerous public health measures, including measures to protect pregnancy.
Cassidy’s comments are coming soon. Politico Publishing Leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade, a bill backed by the senator.
The anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life says: Cassidy has a “100% yes vote record”. louisiana One of 13 States with “Trigger Laws” Roe v. If Wade is overturned, it will go into effect to ban abortion.
UK’s leading medical journal since the Roe leak The Lancet warned in a private statement. If that decision is overturned, “Women will die”. Moreover, the group most affected by this measure will be black women, ABC News Report.
“If you use abortion to limit maternal mortality, it’s kind of a weird way to approach the problem,” Cassidy said when asked how Politico might affect maternal mortality with the bill.