Forced-Birth Fanatic: Texas Senator Ted Cruz claims pregnancy is not “life threatening” while calling on the FDA to ban Mifeprex, also known as the “abortion pill.”
USA Today reports:
Sen. Ted Cruz came under fire after saying Wednesday on social media that pregnancy is not “life-threatening” when the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate out of the world’s developed nations.
Cruz made the comment in a tweet promoting a letter signed by himself and other Republican senators calling on the Food and Drug Administration to declare Mifeprex, also known as the “abortion pill,” an “imminent hazard to the public health” and removed from the market.
On Twitter, the “forced-birth” conservative Republican tweeted:
Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease. Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such.https://t.co/zDZoCKKg9S
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 2, 2020
Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease. Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such.
Cruz is wrong. Pregnancy can be and often is life threatening.
The Cut reports:
Cruz’s tweet was met with immediate outrage, coming as it does in the middle of a grievous maternal mortality crisis. America has been called “the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby.” According to CDC data, in 2018, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. was 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, by far the highest in any developed nation. And for Black women, the rate is twice as high: 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. Every year, approximately 800 women in the U.S. die during pregnancy and within 42 days after delivery, and 50,000 are “severely harmed” due to complications related to childbirth.
Refinery 29 reports:
But Cruz’s claim that pregnancy is not life-threatening is an easily disproven lie. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, and this number is even higher for women of color. The maternal mortality rate for Black people giving birth is 37.1 deaths per 100,000 births. Every day, 830 women die from pregnancy-related complications, according to the World Health Organization.
As one might imagine, Cruz was slammed after tweeting his false claim. For example:
Ted Cruz has never been pregnant and clearly knows nothing about maternal mortality rates in the US or in Texas. People die in childbirth at an unconscionable rate, especially women of color. Not from medication abortion. Sadly, knowledge is not a prerequisite for power. https://t.co/EjER9RGfXC
— ilyseh (@ilyseh) September 3, 2020
Fortunately, I have two healthy kids and even my emergency delivery went smoothly. But that was under the best managed circumstances with one of the top perinatology teams in the county. The idea the pregnancy is not life-threatening for some women is just a lie.
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) September 3, 2020
If men could get pregnant, Ted Cruz would change his tune about pregnancy, abortions would be legal EVERYWHERE, and Viagra would be illegal. pic.twitter.com/qov2cKMrMZ
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 3, 2020
FACT: Pregnancy can be a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill can save women’s lives.
Can Ted Cruz please stop pretending to care about women? He won’t even defend his own wife!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) September 3, 2020
Oh man when I started hemorrhaging and needed emergency surgery 7 weeks postpartum, I wish Ted Cruz had been there with me lying on the bathroom floor to tell me my life wasn’t threatened. https://t.co/jozVa9S0Lp
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) September 3, 2020
Ted Cruz’s chauvinistic attitude is part of the reason why the United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. We doubled our maternal mortality rate from the 1980s to today. Pregnancy is not an illness, but it is life threatening in America.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 3, 2020
Pregnancy isn’t a disease but pretty sure Ted Cruz is.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) September 3, 2020
Bottom line: Texas Senator Ted Cruz claims pregnancy is not “life threatening” while calling on the FDA to ban Mifeprex, also known as the “abortion pill.”