Of course, we have all heard about the large news stories of pregnant women murdered by their husbands, former lovers and boyfriends. However, I had thought it was a rare occurance. Apparently, it is not so, in the country to the south of us that is so proud of their religious morals and majority.
In this mornings Star, I was taken aback by the mounting evidence to the contrary in the USA.
Women need to to look at this, and really formulate plans of actions in their lives, in my opinion.
Number of slain pregnant women stuns researchers
Formidable numbers just the tip: U.S. expert
State workers, newspaper join forces on study
DONNA ST. GEORGE
SPECIAL TO THE STAR
...Now a year-long examination by The Washington Post of death-record data in states across the country has documented the killings of 1,367 pregnant women and new mothers since 1990...
The Post's analysis shows the killings span racial and ethnic groups. In cases whose details were known, 67 per cent of women were killed with firearms. Many were slain at home — in bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens — usually by men they knew. Husbands. Boyfriends. Lovers.
The cases are not commonplace compared with other homicides but are more frequent than most people know — and have changed the way some experts think about pregnancy.
Five years ago in Maryland, state health researchers Isabelle Horon and Diana Cheng set out to study maternal deaths, using sophisticated methods to spot dozens of overlooked cases in their state. They assumed they would find more deaths from medical complications than the state's statistics showed. The last thing they expected was murder.
But in their study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2001, they wrote that in Maryland, "a pregnant or recently pregnant woman is more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause.''
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