Georgia’s maternal mortality rate, already the highest in the country, could worsen if further abortion restrictions are enacted — like Gov. Brian Kemp’s extreme abortion ban which outlaws abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant. A new study shows that maternal deaths would jump by almost one-third in Georgia if abortion is banned. The study comes as Kemp is rushing to implement his dangerous abortion ban, originally passed in 2019 and blocked by a federal court of appeals.
Kemp’s abortion ban could roll back any progress on reducing maternal mortality made by the recent bipartisan action by the Georgia legislature to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers. And the governor’s continuous refusal to fully expand Medicaid, which is keeping health coverage out of reach for more than 500,000 Georgians, will only make matters worse.