Roe V. Wade’s Negative Implications for Black Women
The Supreme Court's historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022 significantly affects how Black women in the United States, who have typically had to overcome high costs and logistical obstacles to access reproductive healthcare, can obtain abortion services.
According to 2019 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black women in the United States are nearly four times more likely to have abortions than White women, while Latina women are twice as likely. In addition, a 2021 study published by Duke University Press showed that bans on abortion could lead to an increase in pregnancy-related mortality, especially among Black women.
"There is no denying the fact that this is a direct attack on all women, and Black women stand to be disproportionately impacted by the court's egregious assault on basic human rights," said Janette McCarthy Wallace, general counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Many women and leaders in the field of reproductive justice are concerned about how restricting abortions may affect things like job chances and higher education for persons who become pregnant unintentionally or unexpectedly.
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