Arkansas has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the country. State Representative Greg Leding proposed a study to research the problems Arkansas women go through during pregnancy and child birth.

According to United Health Foundation’s 2016 Health of Women and Children Report, for every 100,000 pregnancies in Arkansas, 35 of those women die.

“We are a very rural state,” said Leding. About 15% of Americans live in rural areas, here in Arkansas it’s 42%. So if you don’t have access to healthcare and don’t have enough to eat, those two problems right there seem significant to me.”

It may be about a year before the Maternal Mortality Review Committee presents its findings.