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Trending 5/12: Alarming rate of abortions for Black women in the era of Roe v Wade

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In 2019 nearly 40% of abortions were of Black babies.
When Politico reported on a leaked initial draft majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito indicating that the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn Roe vs Wade, it set off a shockwave across the country.
Roe vs Wade
Roe vs Wade was a landmark decision that the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1973.
The Court ruled that based on the “right to privacy” the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion on demand without excessive government restriction.

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Controversy over this presumed reversal of constitutional rights has caused an uproar nationwide by those who support pro-choice. Arguments that Black women and other “marginalized” women will suffer consequences if the law is overturned have sparked outcry and protests across the country.
Meanwhile pro-life advocates are tepidly enthused by the possibility of the nearly 50-year-old law being overturned as they contend it was decided on illegitimate terms.
Some politicians and legal scholars argue the U.S Supreme Court was not then, and isn’t now, the venue to decide if constitutional abortion rights exist as “abortion rights” aren’t mentioned in the Constitution.
The leaked document indicates the current Supreme Court intention to overturn the law and kick the matter down to the individual states to democratically decide abortion laws.
In 2019 nearly 40% of abortions were of Black babies
In America, by all accounts, black women account for the highest percentage of aborted babies. Black women have disproportionately high unintended pregnancy and abortion rates.
In 2019, KFF reported 38 percent of abortions were done on Black women, compared to 33% of White women.
Black women make up 12.9% of total women in the U.S. White women are 60% of the total. The disparit is shockingly eye-opening.

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Why do Black women abort so many babies?
Surveys suggest the #1 reason most women opt for an abortion is not being financially prepared for a child. Other reasons include bad timing, partner issues, health reasons, unwanted such as in the case of rape, or just don’t want children.
In one example, an article published by PBS titled “Black and Hispanic people have the most to lose if Roe is overturned”, a Black woman shared her experience.
She’d had two abortions in Chicago. Getting access to an abortion provider there was no problem. But now she was in Mississippi, having moved home to escape an abusive relationship.  Misled by advertising, she first went to a crisis pregnancy center that tried to talk her out of an abortion. By the time she found the abortion clinic, she was too far along to have the procedure. PBS
The article goes on to state that she is “happily raising her now 7-year-old son but continues to advocate for women having the right to choose”.
Pro-choice vs Pro-life in the Black community
Between 2012 to 2016 in New York City, black mothers terminated 136,426 pregnancies and gave birth to 118,127 babies.-Wall Street Journal

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Pro-choice activists believe a woman should have the say over what happens to her body. My body my choice.
Pro-lifers believe that individual human life begins at fertilization, and therefore abortion is the immoral killing of an innocent human being.
Pro-Choice advocates argue racism and financial disparities prevent Black women from accessing reproductive health and contraception.
Pro-life advocates argue the number of abortions amount to an assisted genocide of the black community rooted in the racist and eugenic roots of planned parenthood.
The Supreme Court
All concerned will have to await the final opinion and decision to overturn Roe vs Wade or not. The ruling is expected in June or July of this year.

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