Let’s start with a few facts about the children currently living in Alabama.
Twenty-six percent of them — more than 285,280 — lived in poverty in 2018, which is the most recent year for available data. About 30 percent of Alabama’s children living in poverty are younger than 5.
This data comes from Kids Count, an annual project by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks children’s well-being in every state.
Poverty has its consequences, particularly for young children. Research has long shown that growing up poor harms brain development. How much?
A 2015 pediatric study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association answers that question with devastating clarity. . .
Here’s another: Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the country. When it comes to keeping children alive after they’re born, Alabama is rock-bottom last.
So, what is Alabama doing to help these children?
Well, we have news.
Alabama is now the most dangerous state in the country, and the most hostile one, for women of reproductive age.