ACLU of Georgia

The Problem:

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. 

Since 2016, the maternal mortality rate has gone up tremendously. The National Library of Medicine states, the state of Georgia tops the list of all 50 states regarding maternal mortality, with a ratio of 46.2 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births for all women and a maternal mortality rate of 66.6 deaths per 100,000 live births for African American women.

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.