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Reproductive care is more challenging for marginalized people after fall of Roe v. Wade

Editor’s note: This story first appeared Balbraa digital news site by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Written by Yesica Balderrama

When a draft Supreme Court opinion on abortion was leaked in May, there was no doubt that it would go into effect. Within weeks, it was official: It took away the rights of women, nonbinaries, transgender people, and people of different gender identities overnight, before the start of a warm summer weekend. Decades of advances in reproductive rights faltered within hours when Roe v. Wade was dropped.

Those in states with release laws where abortion bans went into effect immediately were first affected by the SCOTUS decision. People seeking abortions in those 13 states now have to travel hours or days to get to their nearest clinic. More than a dozen other states will likely impose bans soon. Organizations and activists gather to secure reproductive rights.

Dr. Gianna Menendez says money will be the biggest obstacle to obtaining reproductive care after the fall of Roe v. Wade. People who can afford travel and doctor visits will be able to obtain abortion procedures regardless of the legislation in their country. Menendez is a 34-year-old activist and family physician with Planned Parenthood who spends two days a week working at an abortion clinic in New York City, and has also been a Fellow of Physicians for Reproductive Health, an organization of pro-choice medical professionals.

Blacks and Latinos earn $0.61 and $0.57, respectively, for every dollar earned by white men. Income inequality will play an important role in how people of color access reproductive care in locations where it is limited or prohibited. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia are among the top 10 low-income states with staging laws. Those who seek abortions in these areas and who cannot cover the costs of transportation, accommodation, childcare, and food, or are unable to take time off work to visit an abortion clinic, will be most at risk.

They will be particularly affected by Scotus’ judgment. Both groups have historically suffered from social, economic, and medical disadvantages that would play a role in accessing adequate health care. Blacks have the highest abortion and abortion rates in the country, as well as facing discrimination and prejudice in the system. In 2019, blacks in 30 reporting areas accounted for 38% of miscarriages compared to 33% of their white peers, 21% of their Hispanic peers, and 7.2% of people of other races.

Menendez also added: “People who live in rural areas and on low incomes, will be left behind and will have no way to obtain abortion care. Racial and ethnic gaps, poverty and wealth are still alive and well in the United States due to systemic and institutional things that have disenfranchised different groups over time. the time “.

Texas successfully challenged abortion rights last year by passing legislation banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. Elizabeth Estrada, field director and advocate for the New York City chapter of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, an organization that informs communities of color of their reproductive rights and recommends resources such as clinics and local doctors, says LIRH has seen a rise in patients who have traveled from Texas to New York City for abortion procedures after Entry into force of the law.

Estrada anticipates that they will see a spike in patients in the coming months, “we’ll see huge numbers of these restricted states imposing a complete ban on coming to New York City,” she says. Estrada is concerned that there are not enough resources for potential patients, in a healthcare landscape that she notes is “already burdened given the nurse shortage due to COVID.”

Like others who had miscarried, the SCOTUS reign brought back Elizabeth’s memories of her procedure. Her first miscarriage was 15 years ago at the age of 21. She faced the economic struggle of paying for travel and accommodation for surgery. Now striving to help others solve similar obstacles. She says her own test of persistence prepared her for a lifelong reproductive rights advocate. I am an activist and do this as a profession. It’s the ability to speak on behalf of a movement that has given me purpose and allowed me to help others access their abortions or help remove the stigma of their own experience.”

Telling an abortion story is not just an act of bravery – it is an act of consolation. The procedure is a life-changing event that women never forget, and even if accompanied, they eventually pass on their own. Tiffany Bueno, a Puerto Rican mother from upstate New York, got pregnant from rape and was ashamed to tell anyone about her decision to have an abortion. “I was taken advantage of, so I didn’t feel like this was the right time for me to have a baby in my life,” she says.

Bueno found her abortion clinic through word of mouth from friends who shared information with each other. She is a single mother who has a child in primary school and cannot afford to raise a second child on a minimum wage job. It has been almost five years since I made this choice. Looking back, I realized, “I don’t regret it. I’m still struggling, and I can’t imagine doing this with two kids. It still haunts me, even now, which is why I don’t have more kids.”

Bueno and Estrada are among the millions of women who have made the difficult decision to have an abortion. They made the best choice for themselves and their fetus. After the Roe v. Wade case is over, countless women, transgender and non-binary people will have to figure out how to get the care they need outside of their countries of origin. They will not have the option of going to a local clinic like Elizabeth and Tiffany’s, and may face challenges in obtaining FDA-approved abortion pills. They are also likely to be affected by complications such as infant mortality, miscarriage, or death.

As for the future of reproductive rights, Estrada commented, “The reason we’re here is because we haven’t listened to black, indigenous, and color communities. Now is the time to seek leadership, advice, and expertise, for those in the community who perform abortions.”

Yesica Balderrama Mexican journalist and writer. Her work has appeared on The Brian Lehrer Show, Latino USA, NPR, iPondr, Prism Reports, Guernica, and others.

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