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What’s Next? 7 Ways the Roe v. Wade Reversal Will Impact Our Health


The Supreme Court repeal of the constitutional right to abortion does more than make it harder for people who don’t want to give birth and those whose own health is at risk if they don’t end their pregnancies. Decades of studies reveal that abortion restrictions harm women’s health in many ways (and often their children’s health too). In fact, abortion is considered by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to be “an essential component of women’s healthcare,” according to its statement .

Contrary to what you might have heard, abortion is a safe, low-risk procedure , says Ned Calonge, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who spearheaded a comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine several years ago evaluating research on abortion care.

Some abortion critics have tried to link the procedure to negative health outcomes, but the evidence doesn’t support that, he says. Instead, it is the restriction of abortion access that causes challenges to the health of a woman — and that of her baby, if she is forced to continue her pregnancy.

Here are some of the repercussions of more limited access to […]

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