In the United States, there is a severe lack of prenatal care available to women and families. There is limited access to education, care, and financial aspects when it comes to pregnancy and postpartum care. The United States speaks of eugenics in a past-tense, but with forced sterilization, high expenses, and a multitude of other neglectful practices- eugenics is still being practiced in America. For women of color, especially, this can result in a life or death situation for the mother and the child. In order to reach a conclusion, I look at patterns in history, statistics of birth and death rates, and personal accounts from women who have experienced this abuse while pregnant. In my research, I will examine what the United States is lacking in prenatal care, how these neglects have resulted in modern eugenics, and how the country can improve in providing safe, affordable and easily accessible care for expecting and new mothers.
Miranda Grubbs is a Criminal Studies Major and a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. She lives in Kernersville, North Carolina with her mom and younger brother. Once she graduates from Salem College she plans to attend law school in California.