30 Texas House officials urge DSHS to release maternal mortality report

In the letter, State Assemblyman Shawn Thierry said that withholding the results would “significantly hamper” the Legislature.

TEXAS, USA – Thirty Texas House Democrats are calling for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to release a report on pregnancy-related deaths and other maternal health data. A letter was sent to the DSHS Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) with the support of 29 other representatives.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released a statement in support of the lawmakers’ efforts, saying in part that he applauded them for their fight for transparency “from Republican leaders who have so clearly committed a fatal injustice against our state and… now want to cover up the evidence.”

Last week the The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas health officials missed a key window to finalize the 2022 report Committee on the Review of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity.

Officials said the data — the state’s first major updated count of pregnancy-related deaths in nearly a decade, according to the Chronicle — will now be released next summer after the upcoming Texas legislative session. That means lawmakers probably won’t be able to use the data until 2025.

Health officials said the reason they don’t want to release the data now is because it’s not easily and readily comparable to other states’ data, and they didn’t want there to be room for misinterpretation if Texas’ data were released become the chronicle report.

RELATED: Report: Texas maternal mortality study postponed to next year

But politicians say the data is critical to shaping policy.

In the report sent by Thierry to the DSHS officer Dr. In a letter sent to John Hellerstedt, Thierry writes that the DSHS and the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee are required by law to submit the report no later than September 1 of every even year.

Thierry wrote that “given the state’s past challenges in accurately collecting and reporting maternal data,” it is important that lawmakers receive the latest data on the impact on maternal health in Texas, including cases of deaths associated with one Pregnancy. Trends, rates, or differences in pregnancy-related death and major maternal morbidity; and health conditions and factors that disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations.

“Withholding the report’s findings (until after the adjournment of the 88th Texas Legislative Session) will significantly impede lawmakers’ ability to evaluate and implement critical policies aimed at reducing future pregnancy-related deaths and maternal morbidity and increasing prevent,” Thierry wrote.

The letter is signed by the following representatives:

  • Shawn Thierry
  • Alma Allen
  • Victoria Neave Criado
  • Celia Israel
  • Diego Bernal
  • Jessica Gonzalez
  • Anna Johnson
  • Lisa Campos
  • Vicky Goodwin
  • Jarvis Johnson
  • Sheryl Cole
  • Gina Hinojosa
  • Julia Johnson
  • Nicole Collier
  • Donna Howard
  • Jolanda Jones
  • Terry Mesa
  • Ana Maria Ramos
  • Senfronia Thompson
  • Ina Minjarez
  • Richard Pena Raymond
  • Chris Turner
  • Christine Morales
  • Ron Reynolds
  • Gene Wu
  • Claudia Ordaz Perez
  • Jon Rosenthal
  • Erin Zwiener
  • Lina Ortega
  • Penny Morales Shaw

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