Monday, November 2, 2015
African Americans and Reproductive Rights
Ebony (Nov. 2, 2015): Choice Under Fire: Issues Surrounding African American Reproductive Rights, by Renee Bracey Sherman:
According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 1 in 3 women will have an abortion by age 45. Research shows Black women make up one-third of American women who have abortions, although only 13 percent of the U.S. female population. Black women are disproportionately more likely to have an abortion, a fact the Guttmacher Institute attributes to the lack of consistent access to quality contraception and health care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports Black women are also three to four times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy-related causes.
A recent poll found that 80% of African-Americans believe that abortion should be legal and accessible. Sherman's article describes wealth disparities between black and white women and research finding that three-quarters of women cite the "inability to afford a child and the impact it would have on the child they already have" as reasons for wanting an abortion.