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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Homicide is Leading Cause of Death Among Pregnant Women

From Homicide is a leading cause of death in America among pregnant and postpartum women, according to studies conducted in recent years. Statistics show that more pregnant women or mothers of newborns die at someone's hands than of any individual medical cause.

How many of these women lose their lives violently every year?

The toll is difficult to calculate given the lack of a uniform reporting system on pregnant murder victims, researchers said.

A national study published two years ago identified 617 homicides involving pregnancy between 1991 and 1999. A Washington Post analysis a year earlier uncovered 1,367 killings of pregnant woman and new mothers between 1990 and 2004. In both cases, the authors deemed the totals underestimates.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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