The reversal will have devastating effects on the healthcare of millions of Americans.
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a case protecting the fundamental right to privacy, including access to abortion. For almost fifty years, the landmark decision has upheld the belief that people should have bodily autonomy and make their own decisions regarding their healthcare.
Without Roe, more than 36 million women and people who can become pregnant have the potential to lose access to safe abortion.
The consequences of this decision are devastating and far-reaching. Not only does it restrict access to safe abortion, but it puts restrictions on other aspects of reproductive care, will cause higher maternal mortality rates, and cause complications from other health conditions.
Here’s what some members of the Bezzy BC community had to say about the reversal.
“My opinion is this: it’s nobody’s damn business what a woman does with her own body!
To think that someone else will have a say over decisions that my teen granddaughters may have to make in the future is sickening.” — Kaygee
“If we really cared as much as we say we do about moms and babies, we’d have accessible and affordable birth control, prenatal care, parental leave, child care, healthcare, housing, a livable minimum wage, etc.!” — Millinda48
“I’m a Christian, so I’m supposed to be against this, but I have mixed feelings. I know people who have made the decision because they felt like they had no other choice.” — Anonymous
“I’m old, so I remember pre-Roe vs. Wade. I had two friends who had illegal abortions in NYC. One developed a terrible infection and was hospitalized for a week. The other could no longer have children. Horrible memories. We need to fight for women’s rights!” — Ann Flynn
“My mom was the youngest of nine girls in her family. She never knew her oldest sister because she died from a botched abortion before my mom was born. It was in 1930. My mom’s sister and her boyfriend were young and in love but couldn’t afford to get married.
I can’t believe we’re going backward. I think women should be able to choose.” — Carol
“I have read a disturbing article that some people can’t get their medication for RA because they are pre-menopausal. Makes zero sense! The overturning is already causing issues for other types of healthcare needs.” — Smacsham
“What kills me most about the Supreme Court ruling is that the first states to jump on the ban-all-abortion bandwagon are the states that have the worst maternal and infant outcomes, especially among Black and brown moms and babes. They have crap WIC benefits for these same families, too.
Babies are worthy of protection only until they come into this world. Then they’ll sadly learn that the odds are stacked against them.” — CuddlyCactus
Abortion is healthcare. Bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right.
The loss of abortion access puts millions of women at risk of harmful health consequences. And without proper services, like universal maternity leave and accessible child care services, the economic and personal strain of unwanted pregnancy and childrearing can be heavy.
The reversal’s effects on other aspects of healthcare have also been swiftly felt. People who take methotrexate, a standard medication for people with rheumatic and inflammatory diseases, have stopped being able to access their medication because it can be used to treat ectopic pregnancy.
The reversal of Roe v. Wade has had devastating effects on the healthcare of millions of Americans. If you want help, you can learn more about what abortion access looks like in your state or the many ways to take action.
And as always, we’re here for you at Bezzy BC.
Medically reviewed on August 23, 2022
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