Target: Greg Abbott, Texas Governor
Goal: Reduce maternal mortality rate by restoring funding to reproductive healthcare clinics.
The state of Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, according to a recent study. From 2010 to 2014, the rate of women who died from pregnancy complications doubled, giving Texas a maternal mortality rate that surpasses all other states and developed nations.
The report found that maternal deaths rose across the entire country, but singled out Texas for its unparalleled spike in fatalities. Texas’s approximate maternal mortality rate was somewhere between 17.7 and 18.6 for every 100,000 births in 2010, but since then, the number has surged to 33 deaths per 100,000 births. Records indicate that in this period, over 600 women have died from complications related to their pregnancies.
Given the advanced state of health care in the United States, such a high rate is perplexing. The report, however, identifies a potential culprit: the state legislature has severely reduced funding to reproductive healthcare clinics in recent years. Sign the petition below to demand an increase in funding so that these needless deaths can be prevented.
Dear Mr. Abbott,
I am writing to bring your attention the unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality in your state. From 2010 to 2014, the rate of women who died from pregnancy complications has doubled, leaving Texas with the highest rate in the developed world. Given the wealth of technology available in this country, it is simply unconscionable that so many women are suffering preventable deaths.
The same study that noted the increase in deaths also identified the potential cause of this crisis: the state legislature has stripped funding from reproductive healthcare clinics. These clinics are necessary, and the rise in maternal mortality proves just how important they are. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect new mothers by restoring funding to these clinics.
[Your Name Here]
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