Those who claim to be “pro-life” should also advocate for a healthcare system that guarantees support for Black mothers and babies most at-risk due to the overturning of Roe.

By Princella Talley, In These Times

In July 29, Louisiana reinstated a controversial abortion ban, which led to the immediate cancellation of procedures in the state. Following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in late June, a number of states across the country have moved to outlaw abortion, and in Louisiana, women in poverty will bear the worst burdens of the newly reinstated ban. These women are the true experts regarding the fatal risks of taking away reproductive freedom in the state — not anti-abortion politicians.

Black women matter protest in NYC 2017

The politicians gutting abortion rights likely don’t understand the pain of holding a friend as she sobs on the bathroom floor, assuming it’s the worst menstrual cycle of her life, only to discover that she is experiencing a missed miscarriage and her life is at stake. But I do.

I also understand that seeking emergency care as Black women in Louisiana can feel painful and frightening, leading countless Black women to simply ​tough it out” at home. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R‑La.) recognizes this healthcare disparity, as well. Recently, he shared in an interview that the high maternal mortality rate in Louisiana wouldn’t be as bad if you simply discounted Black women altogether. He went on to say that, ​For whatever reason, people of color have a higher incidence of maternal mortality.”

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