States passing abortion bans have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. https://nbcnews.to/2W4uAP1 (1/4)
The average national infant mortality rate in 2017 was 5.8 per 1,000 live births, per CDC data.
Missouri's was 6.2
Louisiana’s was 7.1
Georgia's and Ohio’s were 7.2
Alabama’s was 7.4
Mississippi had the highest infant mortality rate — at 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. (2/4)
Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Missouri did not expand Medicaid under the ACA, creating gaps in health care coverage for women of childbearing age, according to a new study from Georgetown Univ. that examined links between Medicaid expansion and insurance. (3/4)
The connection between high infant mortality and severe restrictions on abortion are correlational. But the leading causes of newborn death are closely connected to a pregnant woman's access to prenatal health care. (4/4) #NBCNewsThreads #NBConPolicy
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