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January 5, 2018

ProPublica looks at a new study by University of Maryland’s Drs. Marie Thoma (Family Science) and Marian MacDorman (Population Research Center) and Boston University’s Dr. Eugene DeClercq centering around a startling recent spike in maternal deaths in Texas. The issue has spurred a furious debate over whether deep funding cuts to reproductive health services are to blame, and also highlights problems with data collection. “I guess I was surprised at how bad the data was,” MacDorman said in the article. 

The story says that data tracking U.S. maternal deaths is so shaky that health authorities haven’t released an official mortality rate since 2007.

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