Robert Reich: How the Right is Literally Killing Women. The maternal death rate is growing. That is just wrong - "for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland. A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China."