Louisiana's death rate for pregnant women is twice the U.S. average, and according to a new study, homicide is among the leading causes of death.
The study by researchers from Tulane and LSU found that women in Louisiana are most likely to be killed than to die from a pregnancy-related condition, according to nola.com.
Experts say that Louisiana's high rate of violence against women may be a factor. The risk of homicide was twice as high in pregnant and postpartum women as compared to the risks in those of the same age who are not pregnant.
Louisiana had the second-highest rate of men killing women, ranking only behind Alaska.
Read the study here.