Reproductive health care is a human right | Opinion

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The House bill recognizes an intersectional reproductive justice framework, which people of color have particularly worked diligently to implement.

“To all black women and girls who have had abortions and who will have abortions,” Representative Cori Bush, D-Mo., Told House hearings on September 30, citing how she had an abortion afterward. having been sexually assaulted as a teenager. . “We have nothing to be ashamed of. . . we deserve better.

This perspective is particularly important because reduced access to abortion often limits access to other services such as contraceptives, sexually transmitted disease (STI) testing and treatment, LGBTQ + health services, and referrals. for intimate partner violence and antenatal care.

In Indiana, for example, one-third of counties are considered “maternal care deserts,” which means there are no practicing obstetricians-gynecologists and hospitals with divisions. labor and delivery in the immediate vicinity.

In Iowa, about 38 of 99 counties are maternal care deserts; in Texas, less than half of the state’s rural hospitals give birth. In total, 4.8 million women in the United States live in counties with limited access to maternity care.

States and local governments have passed nearly 500 abortion restrictions, severely limiting access to doctors and facilities since 2011, with 2021 setting the record for most abortion restrictions signed in a given year.


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