East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office questions if homicide a major cause of death for Louisiana pregnant women

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The East Baton Rouge Parish’s coroner’s office is questioning a new report done by researchers at Tulane and LSU which indicates more pregnant women in Louisiana are dying by homicide. The study released this week indicates a top cause of pregnancy deaths in Louisiana
is homicide. The research shows from January 2016 to December 13% of the 119 pregnancy related deaths were homicides.
The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office questions the pool of date done. An excel report shows since parish coroner, Dr Beau Clark took office in 2012 they have seen a low number of woman who died while pregnant at the time of death.
John Price, Executive Director of the Iris Domestic Violence Center says numbers on domestic abuse are realistic depending on who you ask.
“The data shows that women who have been abused will sometimes return seven times to their abuser before they can finally leave. Most of that is because there are simply not enough options out there which is why we try to spread our message so much through our
community outreach to let people know we are here and that is our sole purpose to assist victims of domestic abuse and family violence,” says Price. For more information about the IRIS Domestic Violence Center click here.

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