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(10,414 posts)
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 11:32 AM Jun 24

Texas anti-abortion heartbeat law led to more infant deaths: study

Texas lawmakers touted their heartbeat law as a crusade to save lives, but the reality of the state's near-total ban on abortion has been deadly.

Hundreds of babies died after the law went into effect, 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. SB 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 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.”

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.


This is the perfect example of why politicians should NOT be allowed to practice medicine without a license!

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(10,414 posts)
2. That better be snark
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 11:50 AM
Jun 24

or you are being intentionally cruel. What about the lives of the mothers and babies here?


(16,591 posts)
11. The law is working as Texas Republicans
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 01:53 PM
Jun 24

intended it to work.

They don't care bout the mothers or the babies, they just care about their political point and making the lives of people who they consider themselves superior to more difficult.


(5,681 posts)
7. Ofc! It's controlling and punishing women - sometimes by killing their babies or them.
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 01:03 PM
Jun 24

How else will Republicans get the message across - that women have been inferior to men since Adam and Eve, and that women should hate their evil/sinful bodies which cause men lust - without causing a few extra deaths?

That’s what these assholes want. They live to spread pain and misery. No abortion for you! You had sex with someone other than me, so, you will watch your newborn baby suffer until it dies. That is the way of our God. /s


(10,651 posts)
6. Abortion was always a mercy
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 12:57 PM
Jun 24

For some mothers and babies.

"An estimated 6% of babies worldwide are born with a congenital disorder, resulting in hundreds of thousands of associated deaths. However, the true number of cases may be much higher because statistics do not often consider terminated pregnancies and stillbirths."

Politicians and the religiously motivated never consider all the facts.


(3,413 posts)
9. Especially when their bank accounts depend on
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 01:27 PM
Jun 24

creating an ever more disgusting and dangerous environment to live in. We have no idea how many birth defects are caused by the environment... the manufactured food we eat, the polluted air we breathe, the polluted water we drink and cook with.

One not-pregnancy related "oh, wow" that I read not too long ago was a study that showed that women who had hip replacements were more prone to kick in the fibromyalgia gene than those who'd never had a hip replacement. I count this as one of those "cause and effect" not proven, because they have no idea how and why... only that the statistics were there. This caught my attention because I was diagnosed with fibro less than a year after a hip replacement. WTAF?

Our DNA is constantly under attack from the environment. Last I heard, even sperm counts are going down. No one ever stops to figure out why and do something about it? And yet, the most vulnerable of all... developing fetuses... are not suppose to be affected by this?


(1,725 posts)
14. Republicans don't care about the dead babies though.
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 02:34 PM
Jun 24

They didn't enact these unconstitutional laws for the babies, they enacted them to control women.


(17,892 posts)
15. rwnj stance:
Mon Jun 24, 2024, 03:52 PM
Jun 24

more babies= more cannon fodder

More moving targets to blast

Not a damn thing to do with protecting or nurturing life. Just control.

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