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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor

After the US Supreme Court’s shocking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, many women had to rethink their thinking about health care and personal decisions.

For black women already faced with historical and systemic challenges around access to health care and increased rates of maternal mortality, the decision was more than personal.

“Black women tend to live in states hostile to reproductive health care, Roe’s overthrow directly endangers the lives of black women by exacerbating pre-existing restrictions on access. Forcing black women to carry dangerous, potentially deadly pregnancies will exacerbate the ongoing black maternal mortality crisis, with black women dying from pregnancy three times as often as white women,” wrote Michelle Webb, communications director for the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI).

In addition, many states have poor social services, such as substandard prenatal care and high child poverty rates. Economic factors will immediately become an issue in states that have laws enacted as a result of the Supreme Court’s destruction of Roe. The turnaround was a stunning change from nearly half a century of historic women’s reproductive rights law.

In an interview with Black Press USA the day after the decision, Linda Goler Blount, president of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), spoke about how the court’s decision will specifically affect black women.

“I’m concerned about the kind of internalization of those messages and the trauma this next generation will cause, but now more to the point. What we will see in the coming years is an increase in maternal mortality, especially for black and brown women, but for all women, maternal mortality is expected to increase by 20 to 21 percent. For black women, that’s 33 percent,” Blount said.

“We’re talking about another two or 300 black women who will die each year simply because they don’t have access to abortion care because they can’t make that choice. Most black women live in the south and this is where it will be felt more – deepest I’d say, but I’m also thinking of poverty. The main reason why black women, and all women, choose to have an abortion is because they cannot afford the child at the time. Most people who choose abortion already have children and know that they cannot afford to have another child. So this means that for black women and Latinas in particular, the poverty rate is likely to increase by another 15 to 20 percent,” Blount told Black Press USA.

The court’s 6-3 ruling ended the constitutional right to abortion and there is now no federally guaranteed right to abortion in US states.

“The fall of Roe also condemns black women seeking abortions because of financial difficulties to an inescapable cycle of impoverishment along with the poor health outcomes that accompany it. Roe was an important step toward a more equitable society in which black women had access to the autonomy and freedom of choice traditionally denied them,” added Michelle Webb.

“By ignoring nearly 50 years of legal precedents, the Court has turned back the clock on decades of progress black women have made in America — fanning the flames of a deadly public health crisis in the process,” Webb added just hours after the trial. decision came. down.

All three Associate Justices appointed by former President Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Comes Barrett, voted to overthrow Roe.

Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent investigative journalist and host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is a political analyst who regularly appears on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She can be contacted at: [email protected] and on twitter at @LVBurke

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