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Race and ethnicity of reproductive-age females affected by state abortion bans


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About The Study: The proportions of American Indian or Alaska Native, Black, and white females of reproductive age in states with effective abortion bans were higher than in states without such policies, while proportions for other racial and ethnic groups were lower. Although these restrictive laws were not based on race, they were concentrated in states with higher proportions of American Indian or Alaska Native and Black individuals, resulting in a differential effect of restrictive abortion laws in these groups. American Indian or Alaska Native and Black populations are disproportionately affected by disparities in pregnancy-related deaths, reproductive health, and poverty. Policies improving access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including safe abortion, may reduce such disparities. 

Authors: Demetri Goutos, M.B.A., of the Boston University School of Public Health in Boston, is the corresponding author.

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