Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state for the United States, has raised alarm over the nation’s rising death rate for expectant mothers and contrasted it with those of Afghanistan and Sudan.
According to this assessment, despite having a supposedly modern economy, we are wrongly grouped with developing nations like Sudan and Afghanistan. This is really startling, remarked Hillary Clinton.
Speaking at the Women’s Voices Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, was the former first lady.
Mrs. Clinton blamed states with “draconian” restrictions on “reproductive healthcare” for the increased mortality rates in the US.
The number of women in the United States dying from pregnancy or childbirth has increased, and the maternal mortality rate for Black women is still three times higher than for White women.
The aggregate number of women recognized as having passed away in the United States from maternal reasons increased from 658 in 2018 to 754 in 2019 and 861 in 2020, according to the National Centre for Health Statistics study.
According to the research, the maternal mortality rate in the United States is very high (17.4 deaths for every 100,000 live births) and higher than that of other industrialized nations.
Unfortunately, while maternal death rates are falling globally, they remain stagnant in the United States and even rising for some groups.
At the occasion, Mrs. Hillary Clinton also stated that “States that don’t give healthcare to pregnant women are where some of the most extreme, draconian policies against reproductive healthcare are found.”
She emphasized the need to attract attention to life-threatening issues as she recalled how tennis star Serena Williams came dangerously near to passing away while giving birth.
Serena Williams is an example of a black woman with wealth and knowledge who frequently comes dangerously near to passing away during childbirth because no one is paying attention to her, said Mrs. Hillary Clinton.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some states passed more stringent abortion laws.
Abortions are strictly prohibited in both Afghanistan and Sudan, yet they are permitted in both nations when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Sudan also permits abortions to be carried out in rape cases.
However, a number of variables, including war, poverty, illiteracy, and a lack of infrastructure, contribute to Afghanistan’s high maternal mortality rate.
In addition to these, the country’s political unrest and war on terror have prevented nearly 41 million people from accessing healthcare resources.