A RESPONSE TO ROE V. WADE: America was America Today & Showed Who They Have Always Been

Jun 24, 2022 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

LaTricea D. Adams, MAT, EdS

June 24, 2022
— This morning The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and nearly 50 years of precedent, eliminating the federal constitutional right to abortion, and stripping people of the right to control their own bodies. There are people all over the world completely gagging saying how “shocking” it is that this happened.  Well, Black women don’t find it to be surprising at all.  The only reason why the world gives a damn about this is because white women are being impacted in a way they haven’t in half a century. It is not just women who are in danger…its eugenics and white supremacy at stake. This is a not a think piece to discredit or to dehumanize white women–every single human being on this earth, especially the ones who bring new life into the world are in a word, miraculous.  But I would be diminishing my Black womanhood and that of my Black sisters, my Black and Latina ancestors, every child-birthing person from African descent that have survived  the United States of America. Where has this same outpouring of sorrow been when Black women in Flint, Michigan were poisoned and lost their babies by spontaneous abortions and miscarriages. Or Latina women at the borders fighting for access to a safer life and environment for the life they were carrying?  Did we see the same cry for justice? 

America, you kill Black babies and Black mothers daily, and when our Black boys grow up, you kill them in cold blood too. So Roe v. Wade was never about Black women’s choice…we are forever collateral in the crossfire. 

This very moment is a demonstration that America has never given a damn about Black and Brown births, because there is a global anti-black and anti-indigenous movement to preserve wide-spread white terrorism through genocide/ethnic cleansing. Putting this into perspective, Black, Latinx and Indigenous women and child-birthing people are even more at risk with the robbery of their human right to choose.

Allies, as you grapple with the sickness and vitriol of a majority male Supreme Court and one patriarchal minion, think about these startling facts that too infrequently come up in white-led protest about Roe v. Wade [Source]: 

  • Black women are three to four timesmore likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.
  • Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death compared with white women.
  • Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels.
  • Black women are three times more likely to have fibroids (benign tumors that grow in the uterus and can cause postpartum hemorrhaging) than white women, and the fibroids occur at younger ages and grow more quickly for Black women.
  • Black women display signs of preeclampsia earlier in pregnancy than white women. This condition, which involves high blood pressure during pregnancy, can lead to severe complications including death if improperly treated.
  • Black women experience physical “weathering,” meaning their bodies age faster than white women’s due to exposure to chronic stress linked to socioeconomic disadvantage and discrimination over the life course, thus making pregnancy riskier at an earlier age.
  • Black-serving hospitals have higher rates of maternal complications than other hospitals. They also perform worse on 12 of 15 birth outcomes, including elective deliveries, non-elective cesarean births and maternal mortality.
  • Black women experience higher rates of unintended pregnancies than all other racial groups, in part because of disparities in access to quality contraceptive care and counseling.
  • Many Black women lack access to quality contraceptive care and counseling. For example, in a recent analysis of California women enrolled in Medicaid, Black women were less likely than white or Latina women to receive postpartum contraception, and when they did receive it, they were less likely to receive a highly effective method.
  • Black women’s access to abortion WAS ALREADY limited, and they may be more likely to experience the ill effects of abortion restrictions — such as delayed care, increased costs or lack of access to care.
  • Only 87 percent of Black women of reproductive age have health insurance, and many more experience gaps in coverage during their lives. 

Needless to say, it is triggering to hear that learning of the fate of Roe v. Wade was “surprising” and “shocking”, but to Black and Brown folk, it’s just white people white-peopling.  But like Black and Brown women have done since white human traffickers first invaded our bodies, WE WILL PERSIST. 

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