Abortion ban would be most risky for women in ‘deserts’ in maternity care

Abortion ban would be most risky for women in ‘deserts’ in maternity care

More than 2 million women live in provinces without a birth center or other obstetric care. A ban on abortion could mean greater health risks for them.

Women living in “deserts” for maternal health care will face greater health and wellness risks if a draft Supreme Court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade leads to state abortion bans, experts said.

People who are pregnant or have recently given birth in areas where maternal health care isn’t available — midwives, hospitals with maternity wards, or birth centers — are already at higher risk of mortality than mothers living in areas with more robust medical access, research has shown.

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