And we’re still punishing workers for inflation



Fig. 1. The spectre of Death, in the form of a large skeleton, rises with the smoke and flames of the burning Asch Building during the Triangle fire, as people jump and fall to their death. Artist unknown, from International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985) at The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Sarah Chaney Cambon, “Wage Gains, Low Unemployment Keep Pressure on Fed; Hiring Cooled in June,” Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2023,


Abortion, reproductive freedom and health

Fig. 1. Sign at demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, May 3, 2022. Janni Rye, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

A majority of the state committees [to review maternal deaths related to pregnancy] were established within the past decade as federal officials scrambled to understand state and local data to address gaps in maternal care. The committees review deaths that occur within a year of pregnancy and identify trends, share findings, and suggest policy changes. . . .

The [Idaho] committee disbanded despite a high rate of maternal mortality in the United States that exceeds those of other high-income countries. The U.S. recorded 23.8 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020, compared with 8.4 in Canada and 3.6 in Germany, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And the U.S. rate is sharply rising. In March, a few weeks before Idaho lawmakers adjourned their 2023 session, the CDC released data that showed the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. climbed in 2021 to 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Idaho has a particularly acute problem. Its pregnancy-related mortality ratio was 41.8 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020, according to the Maternal Mortality Review Committee report from that year.[1]

Which is to say that Idaho’s legislature is utterly unconcerned with maternal mortality.

Natalie Schachar, “Idaho Disbands Maternal Mortality Review Committee Amid National Surge in Deaths,” Truthout, July 8, 2023,

  1. [1]Natalie Schachar, “Idaho Disbands Maternal Mortality Review Committee Amid National Surge in Deaths,” Truthout, July 8, 2023,

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