Are you having a snore-fest while the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) takes its sweet time coming up with a verdict in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case?
Okay, good, it’s not just us.
As we sit and wait in anticipation for what has been dubbed the most significant abortion case in two decades, our minds are reeling over all that is at stake. But first, here’s a little snippet about what the case is about…
Hellerstedt claims that all abortion facilities should meet basic patient safety criteria, while also continually improving their standards of care. It is also argued that abortionists must obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals no farther than 30 miles away from their abortion facility. On the other hand, Whole Woman’s Health is vehemently against the idea of abortion regulations of any kind.
But what does this have to do with the African American community? To put it simply… a lot.
According to Guttmacher Institute, 28% of the people who had abortions in a Planned Parenthood facility were African American. Likewise, they’ve determined that, “The risk of death associated with abortion increases with the length of pregnancy.” In other words, if this law doesn’t pass then abortion facilities will not have to uphold a basic quality criteria of care. Which means these 28% of African Americans will not only be receiving inadequate health care, but they will be more at risk to possibly dying!
Furthermore, 53% of Planned Parenthood abortion patients paid out-of-pocket for their procedures in 2014 (the latest statistics). Which means that over half of those committing abortions are actually paying for lackluster health care that could result in later hospitalization. This is mind-blowing, especially considering these are only statistics from Planned Parenthood abortion facilities – there are many more out there that are not associated with this abortion giant.
“Hey, listen, what this means is that there are Black lives at stake,” states Henry Flowers IV, the Director of Urban Outreach for Life Issues Institute and Protecting Black Life. “The Supreme Court is making decisions that effect us, as Blacks. And we make all this noise that we want to end oppression in America but, listen folks, we are oppressing ourselves!”
So, we’ve got to ask ourselves, how can any minority community stand by and allow themselves to be gipped out of basic health care?
It should be illegal.
Don’t you agree, SCOTUS?
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