I see this:
So I did some checking.
The article that everyone is buzzing about was published in The American Journal of Public Health, in March 2005. The article was based on data received from the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS) from 1991 through 1999. The system was set up, according to the article, to gather data on women who died during or up to a year after pregnancy. All modes of death were recorded and categorized. This included death by pregnancy related causes, accidents, suicide, and of course homicide. The researchers collected the data, 7,342 cases, to get the results.
Contrary to what has been reported in the media, the leading cause of death for a pregnant woman is complications due to the pregnancy. This number is hard to overlook, because 57.7% of the deaths reported to the PMSS–4,200–fell into this category. Death due to injury came in next, with 27.1% of reported to the system, or 1,993 cases. The rest were not related to the pregnancy and not injury related. That number is 1149.
The source of misinformation is within the injury related death category. Of the 1,993 injury related deaths of pregnant women reported, only 617-31%– were due homicide. More pregnant women died as a result of motor vehicle accidents at 44%. Suicide came in third place at 10.3%. The article quoted the ratio of pregnancy associated homicide at 1.7 deaths per 100,000.
The leading cause of death for pregnant women is pregnancy. That accounts for over half (57.7%) of the deaths. Deaths due to injury accounted for about one quarter (27.1%) but only about one third (31%) of those deaths were from homicide. One third of one quarter is about 8%, or if you want to be picky homicide accounts for 8.4% of the total deaths of pregnant women.
One homicide is too many. And it is true that the homicide rate for pregnant women is higher than the rate for non-pregnant women (4.4%). But it annoys me when advocacy groups fudge the numbers (or just make them up) because since the Enlightenment we’re supposed to rely on empirical evidence – hard facts and data.
One other thing that bothers me: lumping all men on Earth into one group. I am not responsible for what the men in Goatfuckistan do. I am just as horrified as you over the horrific abuse of women that takes place in large parts of the planet. But I can’t do anything about it.
And just because some guy in this country does it doesn’t mean I agree with it. As far as I am concerned rapists and child molesters aren’t even members of the human species.