Texas abortion ban almost completely: UM experts can discuss


Margo Schlanger, Wade H. Professor of Law and Dores M. McCree Collegiate, is a leading authority on civil rights and civil and criminal detention.

“The Court has generally been quite protective of its own prerogatives; that is, she liked being the only entity that could change her own decisions, ”she told New York Magazine. “But Judge Kennedy was most committed to this approach – and if abortion is murder (as many judges probably think), then some judges may view 5th Circuit as a little impatient, but admirably, and don’t want to. crush it down. “

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Joelle Abramowitz is Associate Researcher at the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. She studies health insurance, medical expenses, marriage, fertility and general health topics.

“Texas’s six-week abortion ban is actually a ban on almost all abortions in the state,” she said. “Research has shown the detrimental effects on women’s health and well-being of policies restricting access to abortion services when they request an abortion and for the rest of their lives.

“For example, previous work found that political environments in which abortion was legal and easily accessible to young women would have resulted in a 34% reduction in first births, a 19% reduction in first marriages, and a 63% reduction in first births. % of marriages before the age of 19. In my own work, I have found that when women between the ages of 20 and 24 have easy access to birth control through health insurance, abortion rates drop by 10%.

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Sarah Miller is Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business and Associate Professor in the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. She researches health care and health economics, business economics and public policy, and recently published an article on the economic consequences of abortion denial.

“Our recent study shows that women who are denied abortions experience significant and persistent financial hardship, including an increased incidence of serious financial problems such as bankruptcies, evictions and tax privileges,” he said. she declared. “Restricting access to abortion, as Texas law does, will expose many more women to these long-term financial and economic vulnerabilities. “

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Shobita Parthasarathy is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Ford School of Public Policy. She is interested in how to develop innovation and related policies to better achieve public interest and social justice objectives.

“The recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion is likely to exacerbate inequalities at a time when we are supposed to be trying to improve fairness in shaping our public policies,” she said. “With this law, the most privileged women will still be able to access abortion by traveling out of state, while those who cannot afford it will likely be forced to have children. They will also have to bear the psychological and financial burden, along with their families and future generations. At a general level, it is likely to entrench poverty and inequality.

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Ruth Zielinski is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Graduate Midwifery Program at the School of Nursing. Her research expertise focuses on women’s health around body image and sexuality and maternal health outcomes. In addition, she has over 25 years of experience as a nurse-midwife and continues to practice, most recently in global settings.

“At 35.5 deaths per 100,000 births, Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the United States,” she said. “To put it in perspective, the maternal mortality rate in California is 4 deaths per 100,000 births. Restricting access to safe abortion will certainly only worsen the maternal mortality rate. To really care about life, you have to also care about the life of the mother. “

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William Lopez is a clinical assistant professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health. Of Texan origin, he is the author of the book “Separated: family and community following an immigration raid”.

“This law will have a disproportionate impact on those who already do not have access to health resources, including low-income or immigrant communities, by restricting another empirically proven method as an essential part of reproductive health care,” said he declared. “In Texas, you can be prosecuted for causing someone to have an abortion, a tactic from the famous Texas anti-immigration playbook.

“This law allows enforcement to be delegated to the police and extends enforcement space to public roads anywhere in the state. Worse yet, it cuts off the networks of those who need it most by criminalizing support attempts. This law is not intended to end abortion. It’s about expanding the space in which the state controls pregnancy, encouraging others to turn on vulnerable people in times of crisis, and empowering the police even more.

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Lisa Harris, F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Health and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, leads the UM Fellowship in Family Planning. Her clinical work encompasses most aspects of general obstetrics and gynecological care, with an emphasis on miscarriages and family planning. In particular, her work explores the stigma of abortion, the experiences of abortion care providers, the stratification of race and reproductive social class, and strategies for providing health care in a healthy setting. reproductive justice.

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