New numbers show maternal deaths doubling in Lone Star state

Across the globe, maternal deaths have dropped, but that's not the case in the U.S., especially in Texas and California.

Research by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists showed the rate of pregnancy-related deaths has more than doubled in Texas within the course of two years.

The National Center for Health Statistics showed there were 135 deaths in Texas in 2014, compared to 69 in 2009.

Those are the latest year numbers available.

Advocates for reproductive rights argued that Texas politics had a huge influence on these numbers.

Within the last year, there have been several changes made to defund Planned Parenthood in the state.

In 2013, many restrictions were made on abortion clinics.

But a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said the connection is not fair, and that there is "no evidence of that."

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