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Georgia

  • By: Carrie N. Baker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The status of mothers in the U.S. state of Georgia varies widely depending on a woman's age, race, socioeconomic background, and geographic location. The state has a history of racism which has resulted in deep economic disparities between blacks and whites; and conservative government policies, which have resulted in limited subsidies for the poor as well as restricted information and access to abortion and sterilization.

These two factors have made certain populations particularly vulnerable to teen pregnancy, abortion, health complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and the impoverishment of mothers and their children. Young, poor, black women, in particular, are much less likely to have access to quality health care during pregnancy and adequate resources to care for their children once born.

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