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Infant death rate goes up since Roe v. Wade was overturned, particularly in Texas

Posted by Cambion 
Because more babies with fatal birth defects are being forced into existence instead of mercifully terminated. The extra-sharp rise in Texas' infant mortality rate is probably because of their near-total abortion ban.

Only a pro-lifer could look at a child that was born without a skull, without half its vital organs, unable to breathe and in godawful pain just slowly dying in an incubator and feel proud to say, "Yep, I'm glad I gave them a chance at life! I did good!" And fuck the mothers involved, of course, because when have pro-liars ever cared about the well-being of the mother? I'm surprised they don't say women who give birth to these doomed loaves are being punished for their sins or some shit and it's their fault the infants come out deformed.



Texas lawmakers touted their heartbeat law as an effort to save lives, but the state's near-total ban on abortion appears to have triggered an increase in infant deaths, according to a new study published Monday.

The findings in JAMA Pediatrics show that infant deaths rose after Texas’ Senate Bill 8, which banned all abortion after about six weeks from conception. S.B. 8 became Texas law in September 2021 and U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion just over nine months later, on June 24, 2022. The high court ruling in the Dobbs case prompted more than a dozen states to issue near-total bans on abortion. Observers speculate that evidence will also show increases in infant deaths in those states, akin to what Texas has seen, the study said.

“It just points to some of the devastating consequences of abortion bans that maybe people weren't thinking about when they passed these laws,” Alison Gemmill, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health who authored the study, told USA TODAY. She called the deaths following the Texas heartbeat law its “spillover effects on moms and babies.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, speaks at a pro-life leaders press conference on Feb. 28, 2022, outside the state capitol. The event was held to celebrate the six month anniversary of the Texas Heartbeat Act. Briana Sanchez, Austin American-Statesman
In the wake of the law's passage in Texas, more babies died before their first birthday, likely due to birth defects or genetic problems that wouldn't have allowed them to live, the study found. These pregnancies would typically have been terminated by abortion, according to researchers. The Texas heartbeat law does not provide exceptions for pregnancies involving such conditions. Mothers are legally obligated to carry these babies to birth under state law.

In the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association, Gemmill and researchers from Johns Hopkins and Michigan State University wrote that the Texas law was linked to "unexpected increases in infant and neonatal deaths" between 2021 and 2022. Prior research drew a correlation between the uptick in infant deaths and anti-abortion laws taking effect, however, no studies until now have attributed the fatalities directly to the laws prohibiting the termination of these pregnancies.

"Abortion care is an essential component of comprehensive healthcare, and when it is restricted, the human impacts are devastating," Wendy Davis, a senior adviser for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said in a statement. Davis, who filibustered for abortion rights when she was a Democratic state senator, noted that the study only covered 2022, not the results in 2023 and 2024 in the wake of a more restrictive abortion ban that came with the Dobbs decision. This "likely means the situation on the ground today is even more dire," Davis said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office did not dispute the study's findings but defended the Republican-controlled state's anti-abortion record. This effort included the 2021 heartbeat law "to save the innocent unborn, and now thousands of children have been given a chance at life," Andrew Mahaleris, a spokesperson for Abbott, said in a statement to USA TODAY. He said the governor has taken "significant action to protect the sanctity of life" and offered resources to expectant mothers "so they can choose life for their child."

Anti-abortion advocates also didn't contest the uptick in infant deaths cited in the study. Advocates for the heartbeat law and other legislation to restrict abortions say such bans protect life. They say terminating a fetus with a terminal illness is “choosing to kill that child intentionally.” (So it's okay if the child dies slowly and possibly painfully from a terminal condition so they can "have a chance at life," but it's not okay to choose to terminate the child before it can feel anything to prevent suffering for however long it remains alive outside the womb. Got it.)

The overwhelming majority of such abortions happen before the fetus is viable. In Texas, legislation has dramatically reduced the number of abortions performed in the state.

Amy O’Donnell, a spokesperson for Texas Alliance for Life, said the study’s findings didn’t come as a surprise. She said babies born with disabilities and even fatal anomalies deserve a chance at life, even if that means a newborn dies after birth from a condition doctors anticipated would be lethal. The death of a child is not easy, she acknowledged. She noted that her nonprofit offers resources for families grieving from such losses. (Oh but no resources for women who have no choice but to abort a wanted pregnancy due to severe health problems in the fetus. Apparently you only deserve grief resources if you give birth to a doomed child.)

“In Texas, we celebrate every unborn child's life saved. We treasure the fact that our laws are protecting women's lives,” she said. “We don't apologize for the fact that we don't support discrimination against children facing disabilities or fatal diagnoses in or out of the womb. And that's the line that we just believe should not be crossed.” (That's swell and all, but how are you protecting women's lives by forcing them to carry sick fetuses to term and give birth to them, only to have to watch them die because they have a condition that is incompatible with life? But nah, who cares about the woman's mental health having to essentially haul around a dead fetus in her uterus for weeks or months, just so long as the fetus is spared the horrible fate of being put out of its misery before it can feel anything! I want to see some of these pro-liars go up to the severely disabled kids and mothers of said kids and watch them say with big smiles, "See now aren't you so happy we forced you to give birth so your son/daughter could have a chance at life?" while the kid has a tube in every orifice to keep it alive and is in a wheelchair and can't do anything without assistance. Yup I'm sure everyone involved is thrilled that someone ELSE chose life FOR the woman.)

Gemmill, of Johns Hopkins, said babies that died shortly after being born with birth defects "probably caused a lot of unnecessary trauma to families."

In 2021, 1,985 Texas infants died before their first birthday. The next year, with S.B. 8 in effect, the fatalities jumped to 2,240, a 12.9% increase that came as the U.S. experienced an overall increase of less than 2%. Deaths attributable to congenital anomalies or birth defects spiked nearly 23% in Texas compared to a 3% decrease nationally.

“It suggests that, really, this policy was responsible for this increase in infant deaths in Texas,” Gemmill said.

The study is significant because of Texas’ role as a conservative state with urban and rural areas that may reflect what happens in the rest of the U.S., according to Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, an associate professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Texas has been living under restrictions longer than other states that enacted abortion bans after the Dobbs ruling.

“When people ask me why this is happening, it’s really simple,” said Wilkinson, who was not involved with the new study. “When you take away people’s ability to make decisions (about) if and when they have pregnancies, you’re going to see outcomes like increasing infant and maternal mortality.”

The study did not examine the effects of infant deaths on the health of mothers who were legally required to deliver dead babies to term, nor did it look at the mental health effects of carrying infants and delivering them, only to see them die. The study also raises but does not tackle questions about the financial cost to families of carrying and delivering terminally ill newborns.

Gemmill is now working to understand the impact of abortion restrictions on parents of different races and ethnicities. Prior research has shown that Black mothers and babies face higher death rates than other groups.

The study reflects what Molly Duane, a senior staff attorney at the abortion rights advocacy nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights, has seen in the courtroom arguing against Texas' laws. She recently represented women who sued the state after they were denied medical abortions. One of her clients, Samatha Casiano, was required by law to carry a child that developed without a brain. In late May, the Texas Supreme Court ruled pregnant patients must have a “life-threatening condition” in order to terminate a pregnancy.

Duane questioned the claim by anti-abortion activists that Texas is a “pro-life” state, given the study's findings. “Women are hurting, families are hurting, babies are dying, and no one in the state is taking responsibility for any of that real human suffering,” she said.

In late 2023, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found increases in infant deaths for the first time in more than 20 years. The states identified in the report with increased fatalities were states that restricted abortion access, however, experts cautioned at the time that they could not say what had caused the spike in fatalities.

The Texas study went one step further, finding one state where abortion restrictions resulted in more deaths.
They probably see it as collateral damage that has to happen to get at any independence in women. That is how evil they are.
This is my shocked face.
I wonder why it's considered an act of mercy if someone decides that it's finally time to put a suffering animal down but the same doesn't apply to loaves? I don't get how anyone thinks it's okay for a doomed loaf to suffer needlessly. It sounds absolutely horrible and heartless.

Where is the mercy and compassion in this? Who the fuck with an ounce of a soul thinks that this is okay?

(I know these are rhetorical questions but I find the mindset of these pro-liars to be mind bogglingly hypocritical.) If they actually cared about life, they would never want someone to be born who will die in agony for no reason.

I really don't understand why human life is considered so fucking valuable anyways. There's already so much human-manufactured suffering going on and this unnecessarily adds to it.

Not to mention the women who have given birth to these poor kids who have to suffer with the physical, mental and emotional consequences from it.

Sorry, I've been going through a loss of a young family member who I cared about and some of this shit just pisses me off so much.
An aborted fetus is medical waste, but a dead baby requires burial or cremation and probably a funeral. All at the cost of the family. I’m sure the funeral industry is loving this.

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Pro-lifers don't care at all about quality of life - they only care about life happening. So they think they are "saving" children by forcing them to be born when they would have otherwise been aborted because of severe, possibly fatal abnormalities. To them, it's better for a child to be born and suffer than be "murdered."

Animals get the luxury of euthanasia when they are suffering because overall people value the lives of animals below the lives of humans, so it's probably considered "easier" to end the life of a suffering animal compared to ending the life of a suffering human. I mean we do have human euthanasia, but you have to go to Europe for it.

An aborted fetus is medical waste, but a dead baby requires burial or cremation and probably a funeral. All at the cost of the family. I’m sure the funeral industry is loving this.

I didn't think about that, but that's a very good point. So I wonder if these hero pro-lifers are stepping up to help pay for these infant funerals for the babies they forced women to birth so they could "have a chance at life." My guess is gonna be NO because a pro-lifer's job ends once the fetus is out of the womb. After that, it's the woman's problem. Oh but I'm sure these same pro-lifers will also get on the woman's case for not giving their "precious miracle" a lavish funeral complete with truckloads of flowers, the best casket money can buy, and a massive headstone in the shape of an angel.
There was a post here several years ago about a loaf born with a condition that caused it to slowly suffocate to death over 10 days. Thje parents knew before it was born but chose to carry it to term anyway because they are such "good compassionate Christians". In the pictures the thing was hideously ugly and obviously in agony. The parents and six other kids were holding it and smiling.

Why can't these idiots realize a newborn baby has no concept of love or family? All it knew was it was in pain. Now on the other side it is probably really pissed at the parents for making it suffer needlessly for 10 days. Christians have such a fucked up view of compassion.
I believe in Canada now you can opt for being put down. If my health gets to a point where I'm suffering, I'd seriously consider it a viable option. It makes sense to me because I refuse to suffer needlessly. At least with assisted suicide, there's no real pain in the end and it's far more dignified than being found dead in your house after neighbors notice a smell.
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