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Here's some appalling statistics for you.

Women who are 15 years old in 2014 face a lifetime risk of dying of 1 in
 2,400, up from 1 in 3,700 for women who were 15 in the year 2000,
according to the report from the charity organization Save the Children.
 That means that in 2014, a woman in America has the same lifetime risk
of pregnancy-related death as a woman in Iran or Romania, the report said.
Of course, don't tell the anti-abortion crowd that. While some of them, with enough prodding, will be honest enough to admit that they would see a pregnant woman's health and life ruined to preserve her pregnancy, this is most often not the case. Pregnancy related risks are downplayed -- and even denied altogether -- by people either ignorant of such a basic biological fact (pregnancy carries risks to a woman's health & life) or else clever enough to prevaricate on the issue (recognizing that it's impolitic to declare that women should be denied life and health saving care because they're pregnant).

It's worth noting that, despite the anti-choice crowd's pretense that pregnancy, even rape pregnancy, is a perfect gift from God, the best and most natural thing for a pregnant woman, 1 in 2,400 is a much higher rate of death than the risk associated with the most dangerous period for abortion (after 21 weeks), of 1 death in 11,000 abortions. (On the other end of the scale, with early abortions -- prior to eight weeks -- the risk drops astronomically, to 1 death in 1,000,000 abortions).

The simple fact -- a fact utterly disregarded by the anti-choice crowd -- is that choosing to be a parent is no small undertaking. There are real life health consequences -- up to and including death -- involved. No one -- no one -- but the woman whose life and health will be so profoundly impacted has the right to make that decision for her.

Originally posted at Rachel's Hobbit Hole

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  •  That's just wonderful. We're now on a par with ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sunspots, jan4insight

    Vlad Dracul and the Aya-fucking-tollah!

    "Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius." -- Arnaud Amaury

    by terremoto on Wed May 07, 2014 at 07:39:45 PM PDT

  •  I assume these are pre-ACA statistics (1+ / 0-)
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    The ACA has potential for huge improvements in women's health, from the free (no co-pay no deductible) birth control, to the Medicaid expansion and subsidized policies (and under-26s) so far fewer women go without medical care before and during their pregnancies.

    I am in favor of legal abortion at least for the first 20 weeks -- but even better is healthy women, with access to good birth control so they don't get pregnant when they are not in a position to take care of themselves and their baby, and good prenatal care when they do get pregnant.

  •  This goes with our lower life expectancy, (1+ / 0-)
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    now 25th of all countries...

    The GOP control of our legislatures is destroying everything Americans have worked and struggled to achieve for the last 100 years at least. I have been saying for several years these people are our enemies, and I am told I am over reacting...

    How bad do you want things to get? Just wait a bit longer, and we will get there.

    Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

    by old mark on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:38:10 AM PDT

    •  The question is, (0+ / 0-)

      how many more years of center-right domination of our politics will it take before infant mortality in the US returns to above 1%?  I will leave.

      The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

      by amyzex on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:02:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  why the need to dis Iran and Romania? (0+ / 0-)
  •  they want to take our country back . . . (0+ / 0-)

    To the "good old days" . . .when men were men, women were chattel and 1 in 3 died in childbirth.  

    "History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark."

    by upstatefrantic on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:49:04 AM PDT

  •  Not sure I understand your logic. Even assuming (0+ / 0-)

    abortion was unrestricted and free the death rate would go down?  The increase has nothing to do with abortion rates.  At least I can't find any studies that show it does.  More likely cause is the complications of hypertension, diabetes, and all the other maladies from obesity. As well as older women having children.  The argument is good if used to counter the nuts that say childbirth is safer than abortion or birth control.      

    If I comply with non-compliance am I complying? Sarcasm is the ability to insult stupid people without them realizing it.

    by thestructureguy on Thu May 08, 2014 at 01:51:37 PM PDT

  •  Carrying a pregnancy to term (0+ / 0-)

    Is painful, difficult and dangerous. It usually leads to life long complications/conditions/injuries, not rarely. Therefore, the person who will have to deal with the physical repercussions is the one that should always decide if they want to risk it.

    That's the bottom line. Anyone that doesn't agree with that, and tries to force it, is espousing the worst kind of slavery.

    Women create the entire labor force.
    Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Fri May 09, 2014 at 10:15:50 AM PDT

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