There’s been a lot of speculation around Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, but his next State of the State address, it appears, will be dedicated to an announcement about addressing the deaths of mothers and babies.
In the State of the State, Cuomo conceded that this was the worst outbreak of a diseases he can remember with over 400 victims from mostly the Queens and Bronx areas. He will be announcing, with Sen. Liz Krueger, legislation that will protect women from being jailed for seeking an abortion for their mothers and babies. He will also be making recommendations about creating a patient safety regulatory structure to protect patients and ease the flow of FDA approvals.
An interesting note, from SLEO, a progressive maternal-fetal group, shows a handy infographic on the numbers of children dying in this pandemic.
Apparently, the data does not tell the whole story. Mothers who go out looking for prenatal care with their baby are not a high risk group for accidental pregnancy because they have direct access to family planning resources, at least according to an SLEO report. These numbers would also imply that most women who lost their babies did not have direct access to family planning services.
If abortions could be legalized, people who have unwanted pregnancies would be much more likely to seek prenatal care, according to SLEO.
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