The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

In 21st Century America, Women Still Die in Child Birth

Oct 25, 2010

In maternal deaths, the U.S. is 50th among nations, behind all the other rich countries and behind poor countries as small as Serbia or Slovakia.

And in the poor areas of every large city in the U.S., women still die at rates like those in the poorest countries. That’s in part due to a profit-making health care system that refuses to provide the means necessary to cut down on childbirth and pregnancy problems – like nutrition programs and prenatal care and treatment of chronic problems among the poor.

And current cuts in social programs are driving up the number of deaths in childbirth – returning us to the days of our great-grandmothers.