Georgia Has a Maternal Mortality Crisis.
Georgia has a maternal health crisis.
Georgia is one of the most dangerous states in America for a pregnant woman — even more so if that woman is black. In 2016, The Yale School of Public Health found that the pregnancy-related maternal mortality ratio in Georgia was 40.8 per 100,000 live births.
The maternal death rate for white women in Georgia is more than twice that for white women nationally. The maternal death rate for black women in Georgia is twice that for white women in Georgia and 6 times the rate for white women, nationally.
Georgia’s abortion ban worsens the outlook for women’s health in Georgia. Rather than second guessing women’s healthcare decisions, politicians should address Georgia’s maternal health crisis.