(TheIndependentStar.com) – Infant mortality in the United States has risen for the first time in 20 years – a concerning development in itself, which, however, the pro-abortion movement is already rushing to utilize for its inhumane agenda, blaming the recent abortion bans adopted by conservative states.
In 2022, America’s infant mortality went up by 3% compared with 2021, according to a provisional report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The CDC document shows that, in 2022, a total of 20,538 infants in the US did not survive their first year, with the infant mortality rate going from 5.44 in 2021 to 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births last year.
According to The Cut, a leftist media outlet run by The New York Magazine, the increase raises serious questions about the quality of maternal healthcare.
“In a country as well-resourced as the US… [infants dying in their first year] should be super rare, and it’s not,” University of Toronto professor Arjumand Siddiqi told the WSJ.
Danielle Ely, the principal report researcher, told AP the increase represented the “first statistically significant jump” since the 2001-2002 period.
The CDC report noted a rise in mortality rates across almost all ethnic groups. Infants with black mothers saw the highest mortality at 10.86 deaths per 1,000 live births, more than twice the rate for white infants. The rate for Native American babies increased from 7.46 to 9.06 deaths per 1,000.
Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, a pediatrics professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, told ABC News the growing infant mortality rate was influenced by lack of maternity care but also by the recent “more restrictive abortion policies.”
“Any pregnancy that is intended and planned tends to be a healthier outcome and healthy infant outcome. So, when you remove the ability for people to decide if and when to have families and continue pregnancies, ultimately, you are having more pregnancies continue that don’t have all those factors in place,” Wilkinson claimed.
The Cut points out that there were significant increases in infant mortality in over 30 states, particularly in Georgia, Texas, Missouri, and Iowa — “all anti-abortion states that tightly restrict access to reproductive health services.”
According to CNN, the 2023 data will show whether the rise reveals an “underlying healthcare issue.”
“Unfortunately, though, the answer to that seems self-evident,” the leftist media outlet concludes.
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 1, 2023