Roe at 40: Poverty

On January 22, 2013, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that nationally legalized abortion is 40 years old.  Because there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation surrounding one of the most politicized women’s health issues, I am sharing some of the infographics from the Guttmacher Institute in the days leading up to this landmark.

Here is the third one, focusing on the disproportionate impact of abortion restrictions on poor women.  For more information on the barriers to abortion access, see my previous post on Roe at 40.

A few points worth emphasizing:

Compared with higher income women, poor women have five times more unintended pregnancies, and five times as many abortions.

Seven in ten women would have preferred to have their abortion earlier.

Obstacles to earlier safe and legal abortion include the cost of travel to a provider, and lost wages from missing work.

Please visit the Guttmacher website for more data and information.

About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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