States Pushing Abortion Bans Have The Highest Infant Mortality Rates In U.S.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R)

The states that recently passed stringent restrictions on abortion also have the highest infant mortality rates.

The states that recently passed stringent restrictions on abortion also have the highest child and pregnancy-related death rates in the nation, according to NBC News.

Four of these six states have also refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving a substantial portion of low-income pregnant women without health care.

The average national infant mortality rate was 5.8 per 1,000 live births in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Missouri's rate was 6.2 per 1,000 live births. Mississippi had 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births -- the highest in the nation. Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, and Louisiana all had rates above 7 per 1,000 live births.

These same states have the nation’s highest rates of mothers dying during or after labor. Pregnancy kills close to 700 women per year, according to the CDC.

“We’re seeing these bans in states where already there are harsh barriers to reproductive health care, and where we know they have negative health care outcomes,” said Jacqueline Ayers, vice president of government relations and public policy at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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