Saturday, April 14, 2018

#TXLEGE: Popular Democrat Talking Point turns out to be based on BOGUS Statistics

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

If you pay attention to the Texas Legislature long enough, you'll eventually hear some Democrat yammering about Texas' allegedly high "maternal mortality rate"; but it's not so, according to a new study out this week:
My home state of Texas has long been scrutinized for its insanely high maternal mortality rates. Concerned partisans have claimed that Texas legislators have cut family planning and other healthcare provisions and implemented tougher abortion restrictions, which has resulted in an increase in maternal deaths and generally inadequate healthcare for new mothers.

But new research has found that the oft-cited maternal mortality statistics rest on inaccurate numbers and bad reporting.

Per a study published Monday in Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that the previously-reported statistics for maternal mortality in Texas were far from the truth. They confirmed 56 maternal deaths –– significantly fewer than the original number that made national headlines.

Apparently, there were several issues with reporting and various actors using bad information to make their claims. In their words, “approximately half of obstetric-coded deaths showed no evidence of pregnancy within 42 days, and a large majority of these incorrectly indicated pregnancy at the time of death.”
It's also worth pointing out that, while every single preventable death is a tragedy, even if you take the original 147 figure at face value it's still a miniscule percentage of the 380,000+ births in Texas per yer.

Read the whole thing here.

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