Flint: Birth Rates Down, Fetal Death Rates Up [VIDEO]
A study by the University of Kansas shows that birth rates have declined while infant mortality rates have risen in Flint during the city's ongoing water crisis.
In the video below, assistant professor of economics David Slusky says birth certificates for Flint and the entire state of Michigan were analyzed before and after Flint switched its water source to Flint River water in 2014. Birth rates in Flint went down by 12% while fetal death rates increased by 58%.
"The idea that hundreds of families wanted to have a child during this time period and couldn't is very very sad."
The study links lead-tainted water to damage to developing babies' nervous systems, miscarriages, stillbirths, and increased infertility in men and women.