A report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last week claimed that women are 50% more likely to die from childbirth today than they were a generation ago.
Gail Heriot, who sits on the commission but regularly dissents to its extreme suggestions, published a rebuttal to the claims that women were dying as a result of childbirth at much higher rates than they were decades ago.
“[P]erhaps the most serious is its repeated allegation—usually in the form of unexamined quotes from supposed experts—that ‘racism’ is what’s causing racial disparities in maternal mortality. This allegation (which lately I have also been seeing on publicly funded posters and billboards here in San Diego) will not help us reduce maternal deaths. Instead, it will encourage racial minority mothers to view medical professionals as hostile or even malicious. That is much more likely to make things worse than better,” she added.