Abortion ruling: Women of color likely to be most affected by Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade case

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Despite the Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights remain in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Dr Aasta Mehta, a member of Philadelphia’s Maternal Mortality Task Force, said: “It’s legal now, but we’re hanging by a thread. She worries that it is not always possible to guarantee local legal access to abortion.

“There are real efforts at the state level to counter the Supreme Court ruling and outlaw abortion in the state,” Ms. Mehta said.

If that’s the case, abortion advocates have strong indications of who might be most affected: Black and brown women.

“These policies will disproportionately affect people who are already facing health disparities,” said Lindsey Mauldin of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania.

“When access to abortion is limited, Black women, any low-income woman of color, women in rural communities, undocumented women, women Younger children tend to learn about their pregnancies later.

Women of color make up the majority of abortion patients. The Action News Data Press Team examined a study of CDC data. The results showed that, among the national abortion patient race, 33.4% of them were white; 38.4% were Black; 21% were Hispanic and 7.2% of the women identified as other races.

Mutcherson says the concern that more women of color may seek illegal abortions is real, but so are the other potential effects. These include the ability for women to search for unregulated drugs online to get an abortion. There is also concern about the increase in pregnancy rates among young women of all races.

“What I think we’re going to see is an increase in the number of young people having children,” said Mutcherson, adding that limited access may also increase a problem that women of color have. inherently disproportionately affected by: lack of economic security.

“(They will be less likely to get out of poverty,” she said.

There is also concern about the increased possibility of maternal mortality due to term delivery.

“Unfortunately, the United States is unique among the developed world because of its appallingly high maternal mortality rate,” Mutcherson said. “And for Black women, that’s two to five times the rate for white women.”

Mutcherson added her concern that women who seek abortions in areas where it is illegal will be criminalized, with women of color more punished.

“One thing that we do know is that when you criminalize pregnancy, the people caught on that site are Black women and other women of color,” she said.

Experts say states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, where abortions are still legal, will become safe havens for women from other states who want an abortion. However, they say that lingering interest can also backlog the local system leading to longer wait times for local women seeking services.

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