According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 23,000 infants died in the United States in 2015. The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and black women in America are three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. Those rates are continuing to rise, while they decline elsewhere. An American woman giving birth is three times more likely to die than a Canadian woman, and six times more likely to die than a Scandinavian woman.
A 2017 analysis by the CDC Foundation found that nearly 60 percent of all maternal deaths were completely preventable. And yet, Trump and the complicit Republican Party tried, on three separate occasions, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care bill that gave over 13 million women access to maternity services.
In December, the United Nations began investigating extreme poverty in the U.S., the world’s richest country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41 million Americans live in poverty, with the top one percent of Americans controlling 38 percent of the nation’s wealth. Now that the GOP tax bill has been signed into law, our nation’s wealth inequality will only increase.