The article below is one-sided. In fact abortion bans are unlikely to affect most black women. In States where blacks are most numerous, their votes normally ensure that they are governed by Democrats -- who generally allow abortion.
So blacks are in fact LEAST LIKELY to be affected by the recent ruling in SCOTUS. Only the minority of blacks in conservative states will be affected.
And, like Americans generally, they will often be able to cross State borders to access abortions. Interstate variety makes the present uproar rather pointless. Americans move about a lot in general. Travelling to a State that allows abortion does not seem a great burden to me
Now that Roe v Wade has been overturned, the legal status of abortion is back in the hands of state lawmakers. And this will have especially damaging consequences for Black women.
It’s no news that being forced to carry a baby to term can be a death sentence. From ectopic pregnancies to other life-threatening complications, pregnant people in these situations are often faced with a choice between their own lives and that of their unborn baby.
In the case of African Americans, that risk of death is much higher. According to the CDC, Black women are over three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than white women are. And in some parts of the country, this disparity is frighteningly worse. A report by the District of Columbia’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, for instance, found that Black people accounted for 90% of pregnancy-related deaths in DC, despite constituting only half of all births there. On top of this, Black women are also at a higher risk for pregnancy complications and postpartum issues, such as pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.
A report found that Black people accounted for 90% of
The historical racism embedded within the American healthcare system accounts in large part for why birthing is so much deadlier for Black Americans. They are routinely dismissed, ignored and have their concerns denied while seeking medical care and intervention.
Black women also fall behind in other social determinants of health including housing, employment and socioeconomic status, all of which can affect their capacity to have safe, healthy pregnancies and care for a child.