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Maternal Mortality Budget Cuts Cause Concerns

Natalie Hernandez Green, Ph.D. and Dr. Walkitria Smith spoke to Morning Edition's Lisa Rayam about what message a possible funding cut from Gov. Brian Kemp's office sends.
Natalie Hernandez Green, Ph.D. and Dr. Walkitria Smith spoke to Morning Edition's Lisa Rayam about what message a possible funding cut from Gov. Brian Kemp's office sends.
Credit Ronna Charles, Morehouse School of Medicine

Word traveled quickly around Morehouse School of Medicine that a $500,000 grant to help research maternal mortality is in serious jeopardy.

Gov. Brian Kemp asked state agencies for suggestions on how to cut back and it ended up on the list.

Morehouse had high hopes for opening a Center for Excellence on Maternal Mortality. The rates are so high in Georgia, especially among black women, that the news left some of the women behind the mission stunned.

Natalie Hernandez Green, Ph.D. and Dr. Walkitria Smith spoke to “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam about what message does a possible funding cut from Kemp’s office send.