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In Absence of Roe, Healthcare Providers Have a Professional and Ethical Duty to Step Up
As the human rights crisis in the U.S. intensifies, every healthcare worker has a role in protecting people who need abortion care.
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson (center) marches with Planned Parenthood at the New York City Pride Parade on June 26, 2022 in New York City. (Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images) Access to safe, legal, high-quality abortion care without burden or restriction is a fundamental part of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Unburdened access to abortion saves lives. It allows people to realize the fulfilled lives they deserve, and to retain autonomy over their reproduction.
This is particularly important for Black, Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities who are dying from childbirth-related causes at disproportionate and alarming rates due to racism and health inequities. Communities who already face significant structural disinvestments from resources and rights that have perpetuated multiple oppressions, including healthcare, mass incarceration, an inequitable justice system, voting rights, economic inequality—and now, the elimination of reproductive freedom. Stigma and politics have played an unnecessary, and frankly dangerous, role in attempts to systematically remove access to abortion. As the human rights crisis in the U.S. intensifies, every healthcare worker has a role in protecting people who need abortion […]