Roe at 40: Racial & Ethnic Inequalities

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 fourth one, focusing on the racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive health outcomes that are tied to larger social and economic inequalities.

A few points worth emphasizing:

Black women have almost three times as many unintended pregnancies as white women, and nearly four times as many abortions.

Hispanic women have more than twice as many abortions as white women and more than twice as many unplanned births.

Well-known inequalities in education and employment have direct impact on a woman’s access to healthcare.

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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