HEALTH Criminalized abortion is still health care

Criminalized abortion is still health care


last week, the The Supreme Court of the United States overturned the precedent of 50 years of roe v. calf that guaranteed the right to abortion based on the constitutional right to privacy of the 14th Amendment. On June 24, 2022, people in waiting rooms in certain states they were told that they could not keep their abortion appointment, regardless of the time spent on the trip, the money spent on strict controls before terminating a pregnancy, or the risk to the lives of the parents and their children. Some would have to drive hours out of state to get an appointment. Some will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term, adding financial stress to already vulnerable families and children.

Abortions are essential health care. Multiple studies indicate that the inability to receive abortion services further impoverishes pregnant women and harms their health and the well-being of their current and future children. Many people lack the means and access to decide whether to continue a pregnancy, particularly communities of color, LGBTQIA people, and residents of rural areas. being denial of an abortion leads to poorer physical health, greater economic hardship, less fulfillment of aspirational plans, children raised in more precarious economic circumstances and disrupting people’s lives.

Approximately one in five people capable of becoming pregnant will have an abortion by age 30 and one in four by age 45. Regardless of a parent’s age, race, income, education level, or status, there are countless Reasons people seek abortions:

  • 40% paint financial resources;
  • 31% have an abusive/unsupportive partner;
  • 29% need to focus on other children;
  • 19% for emotional/mental health problems;
  • 12% for physical health problems;
  • 12% “want a better life for the baby than I could provide”;
  • It is estimated that 5% of all pregnancies, up to 32,000 per year, are the product of violation.

The ability to access abortion in a timely manner is critical to the health and safety of people seeking care. Delays in access increase a person’s risk of experiencing a medical complication and negatively affect their social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Abortions later in pregnancy too costs more than procedures performed at earlier gestational ages. The average cost of surgical abortion was approximately $495 in the first trimester compared to $2,225 at twenty weeks of pregnancy. Delays in obtaining care are likely to create serious barriers for people with limited financial resources to obtain any type of care.

Abortion is a life-saving treatment for several conditions. Ectopic pregnancy, septic uterus, and certain miscarriages are fatal to the mother if not treated with abortion. Physicians in restrictive states are told to watch patients with life-threatening non-viable pregnancies until their vital signs drop to the point that health care providers hope it is a “medical emergency” sufficient to avoid criminal charges.

The criminalization of abortion will affect pregnant people, health care providers, and anyone the state believes was supportive. Investigators can obtain phone records, search history, location data, and information from period tracking apps to frame people who have miscarried. People from communities experiencing high levels of policing and state surveillance will be at higher risk of criminalization. app of these laws range from fines of $10,000 for taking a patient to an appointment to jailing doctors for providing life-saving medical care.

In some states, even naturally occurring health outcomes will be criminalized. Miscarriages are almost never preventable, yet state fetal protection laws can make pregnant women criminally liable for them. Some states even require medically impossible procedures to “save the pregnancy”. These laws treat pregnant people as foster bodies without autonomy or equal rights, causing profound suffering to people with physical health problems and families experiencing profound personal loss. Abortion restrictions are even affecting people with completely unrelated health conditions. Some patients have reported being denied filling methotrexate prescriptions (chemotherapy and immunosuppressive drug) due to its use in the treatment of ectopic pregnancy.

People face forced births in a country with the highest maternal mortality ratewhere pregnancies and newborn care for the uninsured cost an average of $30,000 to $50,000 (uncomplicated), no guaranteed paid maternity leave, no universal/subsidized childcare, no ongoing delivery/parental care, and often inaccessible mental health care. Pregnant people and their children will die as a result.

The choice to carry a pregnancy to term and become a parent is a deeply private and personal one. Removing the right to make a decision for one person puts freedom even further out of reach for millions of Americans and relegates pregnant people to second-class citizens who can have their bodily autonomy taken away. Women, non-binary people and trans men are not equal in society if they cannot make the decision not to be pregnant. Personal or religious objections to a safe and standard medical procedure should not be allowed to dictate the terms of another person’s medical care. Abortion should be accessible on demand and without apology for everyone who needs them.

The politicization of access to safe and legal abortion care has created a false hierarchy of need and importance that runs along existing fault lines of racial and income inequity, mimicking what access to abortion care used to be like. roe v. calf. As before the landmark case, people with wealth and power will rarely lack access to abortions when they need them, while low-income and marginalized people, who make up 75% of abortion patients, will see their essential health care criminalized. .

At the time of writing, abortion is illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, and South Dakota with limited exceptions. Wyoming, Mississippi, Idaho, Tennessee and North Dakota have trigger laws that will ban abortion outright with few exceptions 30 days after the Supreme Court decision. Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, and Michigan have pre-roe abortion bans are currently being blocked by lawsuits (Texas also has a trigger law that will go into effect at the end of July). West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa and South Carolina are expected to enact full or partial bans in the coming weeks.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that states cannot ban mifepristone and misoprostol — FDA-approved medical abortion pills — based on disagreements with the federal government over their safety and effectiveness. Medical abortion is still available in all 50 states. In states that unfairly restrict access to abortion care, alternative routes to safe medical abortion pills still exist. Given the criminalization of abortion by states and the access of researchers to the data collected, there are ways to keep your fingerprint safe.

Abortion is protected as a right through the law in Washington DC and 16 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Even states that have codified the right to abortion could face a nationwide ban in essential health care if anti-abortion authorities gain control of additional branches of government. We encourage all eligible Americans to register to vote and participate in local and national elections; 469 members of Congress, 36 governors, other more than 6,000 state legislators are up for election on November 8, 2022. Deadlines vary by stateso make sure you are registered in time to vote.

To further engage with the legislature, contact your elected representatives to make your voice heard. Call 202-224-3121 to reach the US Capitol switchboard; from there you can connect with your elected representative in Congress or the Senator’s office. You can find information for your state and local elected officials by searching online. protests are also being nationally organized. Require Congress to approve the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) and protect others privacy rights not listed.

Supporting abortion access and claiming our civil rights cannot be done alone; it can only be achieved through organization and collective action. Get involved with a mutual aid group. donate to local abortion funds, practical support organizationsY independent clinics. If you can’t donate, volunteer. These organizations are likely overwhelmed right now. Follow up, be courteous, and remember that they have been doing this important work for many years. If you can’t volunteer, share good and accurate information for abortion seekers to access care. Abortion Access Front is hosting an online training on July 17, 2022.

NeedyMeds will always support people seeking affordable health care, including abortions. Our database of more than 19,000 free, low-cost, or sliding-scale clinics has more than 7,000 of which offer women’s health services, including more than 450 Planned Parenthood locations. It also lists over 700 trusted and verified abortion providers. Avoid fraud Crisis Pregnancy Centers. our Diagnosis-based support database lists programs with varying eligibility, including some that offer forms of assistance for individuals looking for an abortion and for those affected COVID-19. For more resources, check out our website at or call our toll-free helpline at 1-800-503-6897, 9 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

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