Fetal “Heartbeat” Bill Highlights Critical State of Women’s Health Care
Earlier this year, a growing national trend in the battle over abortion rights came home to Georgia, when the state legislature narrowly passed a bill that would ban an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs after six weeks of pregnancy.
Since the signing of this bill by Gov. Brian Kemp, other states have passed similar fetal heartbeat bills, with Alabama passing an outright ban on all abortions with the exceptions for when a mother’s life is in danger.
How the bill impacts Georgia women
A recent story in the New York Times shows the gravity of the abortion debate in Georgia, where it served as a defining issue in the last gubernatorial election in 2018. National coverage of this issue has also highlighted some troubling statistics about the state of women’s health care in Georgia, however.
In some rural parts of our state, the lack of OB/GYNs has reached crisis levels, with individual obstetricians serving multiple counties by themselves. A recent USA Today study found that Georgia had the second-worst death rate for mothers in the entire United States from 2012-2016.
According to that study, 48.4 women per 100,000 died during childbirth in Georgia over that time period, trailing only Louisiana at 58.1 per 100,000. That same report listed Georgia as the fifth-worst state in the country with regard to maternal harm-rate, estimating that 172.8 births per 10,000 experience some form of harm during childbirth.
Maternal deaths are a widespread problem in Georgia. According to a 2014 Georgia Maternal Mortality Report:
- The state had 64 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births
- Of the 250 maternal deaths reviewed by the Maternal Mortality Review Committe:
- 101 were found to be pregnancy-related
- 60% of the pregnancy-related deaths were preventable
- There were 26 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 births
In a developed country, these types of numbers are shocking and unacceptable and regardless of which side of the abortion debate you’re on, we can all agree that we must do more as a state to achieve better health outcomes for pregnant women.
The Tyrone Law Firm, PC has seen the pain and heartache caused by medical error and it is because of these tragedies that we work so hard to fight for our clients.
The effects of a birth injury last a lifetime and cause undue burdens on families, which is why the Tyrone Law Firm takes such special care to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and their children.
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