Illinois congressman Joe Walsh has recently gone on record saying that “life of the mother” exceptions in abortion laws – you know, the ones favored by moderate (really?) Republicans – are unnecessary. But they aren’t unnecessary because we should just let the fetus-farm die. No, they’re unnecessary because, thanks to science, women just don’t die from trifling little things like pregnancy anymore. According to Walsh:
There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology.
Huffpost has more details here.
Walsh is, of course, utterly wrong. Not only do American women still die from pregnancy-related complications, maternal morality rates actually rose significantly in the period of 1998-2005 (when they were higher than they’d been at any time in the previous 20 years).