Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly


Naomi Strauss


Texas's maternal mortality rates are alarmingly high, reflecting a larger trend across the United States. By analyzing structural and social factors, this Note suggests that increasingly restrictive access to family planning and women's health clinics across Texas has contributed to this public health crisis. Further complicating matters, the limited availability of quality maternal health data makes it hard to disentangle causes and effects. In order to correct this disturbing trend which stands in stark contrast to the rest of the developed world-states should expand Medicaid coverage and access to services for all. California, for example, has implemented programs, which have successfully reduced maternal mortality. In light of this public health crisis, federal leadership is essential.