Banning Abortion Will Likely Put The Most Marginalized Black People At Risk

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Briona Lamback
May 8, 2022

Pregnant people in the United States had to use dangerous, painful methods to terminate pregnancies when medical abortions were illegal.

Abortions don’t stop when they’re criminalized – they just become dangerous and sometimes fatal. Anti-abortion activists know this, but don’t seem to care.

Birthing while Black is already dangerous. Black women die during childbirth at three times the rate of whites. 

That, along with inadequate access to housing, employment, and healthcare, are some of the reasons abortion is such an important choice for people without the resources to provide for a child.

An abortion ban could be deadly. Many Black people won't have the money to travel for abortion care, and may turn to deadly self-induced methods. 

According to the CDC, pregnancy is 33 times riskier than having an abortion. Restricting access will only increase the already high Black maternal mortality rate.

Studies show that racism places Black people at a health disadvantage even before becoming pregnant. A recent report found that "while Black birthing people constitute roughly half of all births in DC, they account for 90% of all pregnancy-related deaths and 93% of pregnancy-associated, non-related deaths."

We can't afford to have Black lives at risk like this! Black liberation means choosing what’s best for our own bodies. You can help protect access by donating to abortion funds at

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