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The Impact of Overturning Roe v. Wade on Women's Health and Reproductive Rights in the United States

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Let’s talk a little about what has been happening in the past year in the US when it comes to abortion laws. Significant changes have occurred, and it's crucial to delve into the implications.

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Roe v. Wade was an influential Supreme Court decision from 1973 that legalized abortion in the United States and established a constitutional right to privacy, allowing women to make their own decisions about their pregnancies.


However, on June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court made a momentous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This monumental ruling dismantled 50 years of legal protection, opening the door for individual states to impose restrictions or outright bans on abortion. Presently, 13 states have already taken such measures, and more may follow suit.


The repercussions of this decision are profound, significantly impacting women's health and reproductive rights across the nation. Restricted access to safe and legal abortion services creates substantial barriers for women seeking reproductive healthcare, leading some to resort to unsafe, illegal, or self-induced abortions, exposing them to serious health risks.


Here’s how this plays out- The gravity of the situation becomes evident when considering that the only alternative to abortion is childbirth, which can carry up to a 14 times higher risk of death. Denying access to safe abortion forces individuals to bear significant medical risks against their will, contributing to a rise in maternal mortality rates, particularly affecting Black women, who already experience unacceptably high death rates during pregnancy and childbirth.


Research has also highlighted the long-term hardship faced by women denied abortions. Compared to women who obtained abortions, those who were denied experienced increased debt, bankruptcies, and evictions. Additionally, they were more likely to remain in contact with abusive partners.


The reversal of this ruling has placed added burdens on an already challenging healthcare system, negatively impacting women's health. Fortunately, some states like New York and New Jersey have enacted laws to protect women's right to abortion. Nonetheless, the fight to safeguard women's health rights remains ongoing.


Given the complexity of the Roe v. Wade case, we strongly encourage individuals to stay informed about their respective state laws concerning abortion, as the legal landscape in this area is subject to frequent changes. Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments will enable everyone to understand their rights and options better, ensuring they can make informed decisions regarding their reproductive healthcare. The complexities of Roe v. Wade necessitate further exploration. Feel free to ask your questions in the comments, and we will be happy to consider them for future articles.



DISCLAIMER: Features published by Adaaba are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programme.


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