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"Women in States with Fewer Reproductive Health Restrictions Have Healthier Babies, Study Finds"

CNN interviewed May Sudhinaraset, associate professor of the UCLA Fielding School’s Department of Community Health Sciences, about a study she led, published in the December 2020 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, that found American women living in states with less restrictive reproductive rights policies are less likely to give birth to low-birth weight babies. 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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Women in states with fewer reproductive health restrictions deliver healthier babies, at least as measured by birth weight, researchers reported Tuesday.


When states did less to restrict a woman's reproductive health rights, babies were more likely to be born at healthier weights, the researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The researchers suggest that systematic racism may be at play.