Ep. 50 Cuts to Planned Parenthood Caused Pregnant Women to Die? Here’s the Real Story Behind This Whopper

3 September 2016     |     Tom Woods     |     7

Why have mortality rates among pregnant women in Texas doubled in recent years? There’s no one explanation, Krugman admits — and then proceeds to pounce on one explanation: cuts to Planned Parenthood.

And you’ll never guess: Krugman is full of it!

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States of Cruelty” (August 29, 2016)


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Study Referenced

Recent Increases in the U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate (PDF)

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  • David Arum

    This is what is to be expected ,Krugman blames a cut in planned Parenthood for a double hearsay of a maternal death.

  • RobertRoddis

    Krugman always lies.

  • http://www.economicmanblog.com Roger Barris

    Wow, this is breathtakingly biased, even by Krugman standards. Excellent demolition.

    This is not the first time that Krugman has done extreme violence to economic science and logic in order to take a swipe at Texas. Here is a blog post I wrote a long time ago about a Krugman piece dismissing the economic success of Texas as only related to low housing costs: http://www.economicmanblog.com/2014/09/06/wrong-way-krugman/. In it, among other things, I made the same point that Tom made on this podcast: it is not as if housing cost is a exogenous factor (since it is largely driven by bad policy).

    As usual with Krugman, he has to twist himself into a logical pretzel when the little people don’t act the way he knows is best for them. When they don’t elect the right rulers. Or when they are stupid enough to load up the U-Haul and move to Texas, when they should obviously be staying in left-wing paradises like New York, New Jersey and California.

    It is also amazing to me how leftists like Krugman are always against competition in government services through decentralization, but they are always the first to decry “market power” (which they find everywhere) in the private sector. Limited competition is bad in every sphere. Especially when it is combined with the legalized coercion. The only voting that really matters is the kind you do with your feet.

  • Roland

    I always fall down laughing at the “Most Americans are generous” argument that we get from democracy-worshiping statists.
    If a majority of Americans want to help the poor, then government welfare programs are unnecessary. If, on the other hand, a majority of Americans do not want to help the poor, then these programs are un-democratic.
    Either way, they should not exist.

    • Bob_Robert

      Yeah, progressives simply can’t grasp this concept.

  • Eric

    Meanwhile in Colorado:


    Garfield County cut the $1500 annual grant. Instead of complaining, a woman tried to raise the amount through a gofundme campaign. The campaign raised $24,000. Now it’s true that the clinic is about 45 minutes away from the ski towns of Vail and Aspen, but there’s no reason why this sort of thing can’t work elsewhere, especially if the goal is to raise such a small amount to replace the grant.

    Oh, but that would mean old Paul and his buddies might have to crack open their own wallets…

  • Bob_Robert

    So let’s see…

    Doctor is prescribing opiates for a person in pain, who is addicted.

    FDA decides that doctor is prescribing too much, cracks down, doctor cuts off the prescription.

    Person in pain goes to the street, where they get elephant tranquilizer and die.

    I’m trying to see how the FDA isn’t murdering people here.