Texas governor Greg Abbott tweeted on Sunday that critics of the state’s high maternal mortality rates were “just lying,” although inaccuracies in the state’s own data led to the initial reports of higher rates in the first place, according to The Texas Tribune.
In a 2016 report published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the maternal mortality rate in Texas was reported to be 148 Texas women in 2012. However, in April 2018 in the same journal, experts found that the number of maternal deaths in 2012 was actually 56. The state data had inaccurately recorded the deaths of women as maternal deaths, reported maternal deaths in women who were not pregnant, and missed women who should have been recorded as maternal deaths in the original numbers.
Black women still face the highest maternal mortality rates in Texas at 27.8 per 100,000 births in 2012 compared to 13.6 for white women and 11.5 for Hispanic women.