One of the greatest but most overlooked needs in America is maternity care for inner-city women. When many of these women become pregnant, they are often pressured into considering an abortion. Even if they choose to keep their baby, the quality of maternity care they receive is often compromised and many women do not receive any prenatal care before going to the emergency room for labor and delivery.

In Memphis, Tennessee, for example, a city with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation, 19 percent of pregnant women who end up delivering their babies receive inadequate or no prenatal care. Thirty percent receive intermediate care. This means that 49 percent are not receiving what the state of Tennessee would call even “adequate” care. The state’s definition of “adequate” probably does not include counseling women in the art of mothering from a Biblical worldview either. What is ironic here, or maybe an actual correlation, is that 50.33 percent of births in Memphis are paid for by Medicaid.

Remember that these statistics only look at the percentages of pregnancies that result in deliveries. Twenty-four percent of pregnancies in Memphis end in abortion. In Philadelphia, 45 percent of pregnancies end in abortion; in Jacksonville, Florida, 36 percent; in San Francisco, California, also 36 percent. Location appears to make no difference, whether east, west, north, south, within the “Bible Belt” or outside.

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