Abortion bans affect Latinas the most among women of color, new report finds

Forty-two percent of Latinas live in the 26 states that have banned or are likely to ban abortions, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice found.

Nov. 1, 2022
By Nicole Acevedo

Latinas are the largest group of women of color affected by current and future state abortion bans and restrictions: More than 4 in 10 Latinas of reproductive age live in the nearly two dozen states where officials are working to make abortion inaccessible.

A new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, first shared with NBC News, found that close to 6.5 million Latinas (42% of all Latinas ages 15-49) live in 26 states that have banned or are likely to ban abortions after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade this summer.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/latinas-most-impacted-abortion-bans-study-rcna54793

‘Abortion absolutely is health care,’ U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

By John L. Micek
September 29, 2022

A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in health care and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday.

“Women’s progress has always been inextricably linked with the ability to control our own bodies,” Jocelyn Frye, the president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, told members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform during a three-hour-plus hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Continued: https://www.marylandmatters.org/2022/09/29/abortion-absolutely-is-health-care-u-s-house-panel-told-as-gop-pursues-nationwide-ban/

States Where Abortion Is Illegal Also Have the Worst Support Systems for Mothers

The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has made clear that women with the fewest reproductive rights also live in states that provide the least support for babies they’re now forced to birth.

By Lauren Camera
Aug. 8, 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eviscerating the 1973 landmark case that protected access to abortion for women in the U.S., Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, a lifelong anti-abortion activist, left the convention center in downtown Atlanta where the National Right to Life was holding its annual conference, walked to her hotel room and cried.

“I joined the movement when I was 15 and I went to law school so I could do something like this,” she says. “Every part of my 15-year-old self would be so elated to see Roe overturned. But now I know more and I've seen more and I understand the reality of this. And I'm so scared for so many women.”

Continued: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2022-08-08/states-where-abortion-is-illegal-also-have-the-worst-support-systems-for-mothers

USA – Why abortion rights are a workplace issue

Why abortion rights are a workplace issue

by Sarah Todd
Published September 16, 2021

There are a lot of reasons to be worried about the state of reproductive rights in the US right now. A newly enacted Texas law known as SB8 effectively bans women’s access to abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and a number of other lawmakers in other states have vowed to introduce copycat bills that will allow them to do the same. Meanwhile, the state of Mississippi is asking the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in an upcoming case.

Yet companies that otherwise tout progressive stances on American social issues have been largely silent on the issue. So women’s health advocates are trying to encourage business leaders to speak up based on the relatively new premise that reproductive rights are a workplace issue.

Continued: https://qz.com/work/2059201/why-abortion-rights-are-a-workplace-issue/