News

Health Care

Keith Ellison: ‘Women Are Dying’ because Democrats Are Losing Elections

Rep. Keith Ellison speaks at Netroots Nation in Atlanta, August 11, 2017. (Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters)

Representative Keith Ellison made a plea to Democratic voters this week, saying “Women are dying because we are losing elections” at an event hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

“We don’t have the right to lose a damn election. We have to win. We have to win,” the DNC vice chairman said at the event, adding that maternal mortality is rising in states such as Texas and Missouri.


The Minnesota Democrat, a proponent of single-payer healthcare, was apparently talking about GOP efforts to chip away at Obamacare. Republicans in December eliminated the individual insurance mandate, an unpopular part of the law that required individuals to pay a fine if they chose to opt out of purchasing health insurance.

The U.S. has experienced rising maternal-mortality rates in the last 15 years while other countries, especially wealthy ones, have seen them decline. There were 17 maternal deaths as a result of pregnancy for every 100,000 births in America, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some studies have placed the number even higher.

Missouri saw 19.9 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2016. Many were cardiac-related, however, meaning the state’s high obesity and smoking rates may have been a contributing factor. 17.5 percent of Missouri also women forwent prenatal care in the first trimester, contributing to complications.

Meanwhile, the Texas numbers were grossly overestimated, according to subsequent reports.

Most Popular

PC Culture

Hate-Crime Hoaxes Reflect America’s Sickness

On January 29, tabloid news site TMZ broke the shocking story that Jussie Smollett, a gay black entertainer and progressive activist, had been viciously attacked in Chicago. Two racist white men had fractured his rib, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck. As they were leaving, they shouted ... Read More
World

Ilhan Omar’s Big Lie

In a viral exchange at a congressional hearing last week, the new congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, who is quickly establishing herself as the most reprehensible member of the House Democratic freshman class despite stiff competition, launched into Elliott Abrams. She accused the former Reagan official ... Read More
U.S.

Questions for Those Who Believed Jussie Smollett

The “we reported the Jussie Smollett case responsibly” contention has been blasted to smithereens. Twitter accounts and headlines in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times reported as fact Jussie Smollett’s wildly implausible allegations, and many other journalists did so as ... Read More
PC Culture

Fake Newspeople

This week, the story of the Jussie Smollett hoax gripped the national media. The story, for those who missed it, went something like this: The Empire actor, who is both black and gay, stated that on a freezing January night in Chicago, in the middle of the polar vortex, he went to a local Subway store to buy a ... Read More
U.S.

White Progressives Are Polarizing America

To understand how far left (and how quickly) the Democratic party has moved, let’s cycle back a very short 20 years. If 1998 Bill Clinton ran in the Democratic primary today, he’d be instantaneously labeled a far-right bigot. His support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, ... Read More