Medical realities for women have changed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion afforded nearly 50 years ago by the Roe v. Wade decision.

That’s especially true for Black and brown women.

In her sober analysis, San Diego State University professor Kimala Price writes about the problems getting reproductive health care in what are known as contraceptive deserts, where many Black and brown women live and where the needs outstrip the available range of care.

Though the rates of abortion have generally declined since the 1980s, the rate of abortions by Black and brown women remains much higher than for white women. Those higher rates, Price writes, are due to higher rates of unintended pregnancies, which themselves health care professionals attribute to limited access to the full range of services. And for many of these women, traveling to a state where abortions remain available is not always an option.

“Women of color,” Price concludes, “will see further erosion of their right to make the fundamental decisions about the most intimate aspects of their lives.”

Howard Manly

Race + Equity Editor

An abortion rights activists is detained on June 30, 2022, during a rally near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Access to reproductive health care has been harder for Black and brown women – overturning Roe made it harder

Kimala Price, San Diego State University

By overturning Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court has thrown the issue of abortion back to the states – and made it harder for Black and brown women to have access to reproductive health services.

President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden, speaking before signing into law the gun safety bill on June 25, 2022. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Gun reform finally passed Congress after almost three decades of failure – what changed?

Monika L. McDermott, Fordham University; David R. Jones, Baruch College, CUNY

Two scholars of Congress and public opinion dissect the reasons gun control finally passed and was signed into law, after decades of inability to enact such legislation.

A 1973 photo shows an estimated 5,000 people, women and men, marching around the Minnesota Capitol building protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. AP Photo

Many anti-abortion activists before Roe were liberals who were inspired by 20th-century Catholic social teaching

Daniel K. Williams, University of West Georgia

A historian explains why the pre-Roe anti-abortion movement was filled with liberal Democrats who opposed the Vietnam War and supported the expansion of the welfare state.

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