Opinion writers examine the effects of Roe’s overthrow.
Scientific American: Primary Care Providers Can Help Protect Abortion
The Supreme Court has struck down constitutional abortion protections, and several states have now immediately banned essential care used by about one in four American women likely to get pregnant. As many in the health professions have said, these bans will infringe on bodily autonomy, criminalize a wide range of pregnancy outcomes, and limit the personal and professional lives of millions of Americans. They will also undoubtedly increase pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality. As educators and physicians who perform abortions, we believe that this vital health service should not be limited to abortion clinics and obstetrics and gynecology practices. (Diana Carvajal, Casandra Cashman and Ian Lague, 6/24)
Statistic: A major problem for minors: access to abortion after failure
Now that the Supreme Court has struck down constitutional protections for abortion access, more than two dozen states will ban or severely restrict abortion access. Young people, especially those under the age of 18, will be disproportionately affected by this decision. The existing barriers to legal access to abortion, already insurmountable for many people, provide insight into what to expect and the inequalities that will be further exacerbated. In Indiana, for example, consent for a minor to have an abortion requires that a notarized parental consent form be completed; state-led in-person counseling; an ultrasound; and an 18 hour waiting period. Since adolescent girls also face greater barriers to preventing pregnancy in the first place, including barriers to accessing contraception and limited access to comprehensive sexual health education, the door is closed to them. at every turn. (Tracey Wilkinson, Julie Maslowsky and Laura Lindberg, 6/26)
Los Angeles Times: Ending copyright and abortion will be a death sentence for many black women
For all women in the United States, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will undo half a century of progress in women’s health. For black women, this decision represents something even more sinister. For us, losing access to legal abortion could mean the difference between life and death. It may sound like a melodramatic statement, but it’s not. If the past is any guide, ending abortion rights will trigger a public health crisis for black women, defined by more maternal deaths, higher rates of poverty, and greater inequality overall. (Linda Goler Blount, 6/24)
NBC News: Roe V. Wade has been knocked down. Adoption is not a solution to the lack of access to abortion
“Your son is so lucky.” As the mother of an 11-year-old child who came to our family through adoption four years ago, I hear this comment often. Friends and strangers tell me that my child is lucky, that he “seems like such a happy kid” and “you would never know he was adopted, he is so well adjusted!” Some say these things within earshot of my biological son or daughter. I know their comments are mostly well-meaning, so I usually change the subject, not wanting to start a weighty conversation at the grocery checkout or school pickup. But what I mean is, “He’s not ‘lucky.’ He will never adapt. Adoption is traumatic, and no child – or birth parent – should ever have to go through that. (Kristin Fasy, 6/26)
Scientific American: How Abortion Misinformation and Disinformation Spreads Online
The Supreme Court’s decision to restrict the right to abortion has come to fruition. One outcome that will be less discussed is how more people in heavily restricted states will turn to search engines and social media to figure out how to handle their reproductive decisions now, and find themselves to read dubious information. The information they find might be questionable; the number of false and misleading statements about abortion online has increased since the draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was disclosed in May, and with the ruling now out, it will no doubt increase. (Jenna Sherman, 6/24)
The Hill: Impact of Roe’s knockdown on mid-terms? Watch Kavanaugh’s impact on the 2018 election
In the 2018 midterm elections, 40 U.S. House seats were changed from Republican to Democrat; 38 of those races had public polls. In 27 of them, the Republican nominee led in September and/or October, coinciding with Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; those 27 Republican candidates then lost in November. Considering how the overthrow of Roe v. Wade could impact 2022 midterms, we need to understand 2018. (BJ Rudell, 6/26)
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