Last Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. Although expected, this is shocking news, and a direct attack on women’s health care and women’s power to make decisions regarding our bodies.
The right to choose is personal to me. As a teenager, I had first-hand experience with choice. During my first pregnancy, I went into Planned Parenthood and learned I was pregnant. Planned Parenthood afforded me the option and the opportunity to discuss the different choices that were available to me. As I considered all of my options with the counselor there, I felt supported, I felt cared for, and I felt loved. But most importantly, I felt great strength in knowing I had the choice to decide what my future would look like.
The decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade will have a disproportionate impact on women of color, restricting their access to birth control and sex education. Black women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes. This decision will no doubt have a devastating impact on women’s access to quality reproductive health care and increase Black maternal mortality rates.