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Sarah Green Carmichael

Criminalizing Abortion Will Hurt Black Women Most

The effects of racism mean that Black women tend to get worse perinatal care and are more likely to be prosecuted for miscarriage. Losing Roe will exacerbate the problem.

Health care is not a crime. 

Health care is not a crime. 

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the states will be free to criminalize abortion at any point in pregnancy. To get a sense of how the ruling will affect women’s health, as well as the particular risks Black women face, I spoke with Joia Crear-Perry, a physician and founder of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and Monica McLemore, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Sarah Green Carmichael: In light of this ruling, what do you expect the impact to be on women's health, and on Black women’s health specifically?