WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Black women have the highest maternal mortality rate in the United States, according to the CDC, so activists say they will suffer the most because of their already disproportionate access to adequate health care.
“Women of all backgrounds are having abortions, the statistics show that the people who get them are more likely to be single, in their 20s, on a low income, maybe already have a child,” said Felicia Davis Blakley, Chicago president & CEO. Foundation for Women. “They are disproportionately likely to be black, and about half of people who have an abortion live below the federal poverty line.”
According to the CDC, the maternal death rate for black women in 2020 was 55.3 deaths for 100 thousand live births… 2.9 times the rate for white women. Activists say this inequality is due to limited access to health care, so forced pregnancy will only increase the number of black women who die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.
“We know that DC is in the city and a maternal mortality crisis and we know that the best way to ensure healthy parents and healthy babies is to ensure that people have the right to choose when they are ready to become parents on their own terms. conditions,” said Hope Neyer, organizer of ShutDownDC. “And that means making abortion safe, legal, accessible, and free.”
Activists also say underserved communities will have the hardest time leaving the state for abortions, as they already face a lack of access to not only reproductive health services, but all health care.
“People with money and people who are white will always be able to fend for themselves, but people who are indigenous, black, undocumented and poor will be hit the hardest,” said Simone Kolysh, activist and sociologist.