Among all the voices being raised in the current debate about the extreme anti-abortion laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri, it was ultimately a majority of white, male voices who decided women’s fate. Now, a prominent female ob-gyn from Alabama is weighing in, and she’s speaking from years of experience.
Even as states like Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, and Mississippi are hell-bent on overturning Roe v. Wade and outlawing abortion in this country, there are more of us across the country who are ready to defend women’s reproductive freedom. We won’t go backward.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 18, 2019
Despite the Draconian laws coming out of the left that very much puts women’s lives on the line in the name of divisive rhetoric over who should be able to make reproductive healthcare decisions for women, the only other person whose voice should matter in that moment is the woman’s doctor. And this doctor had a lot to say.
In an op-ed for CNN, Dr. Yashica Robinson wrote:
— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2019
In the country with the highest maternal death rate in the developed world, the right to make that choice for one’s self is critical. Without doctors like Yashica Robinson, women will be left to substandard care that values their wombs more than the women they treat as a person.
‘I fear what could happen to women in this situation if the law and its criminal penalties go into effect. Physicians will hesitate in how to care for complex health situations — and Alabama is already a state with an unconscionably high maternal mortality rate.
‘According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, in 2017, there were 31 pregnancy-related deaths out of 100,000 live births for white women. That number more than doubled for black women. When compared to the CDC’s national average figures of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 for white women and 40 deaths per 100,000 for black women, these numbers are particularly stark.’
No one can say we didn't warn Alabama: If you try to ban abortion, you'll have to answer to ALL of us. pic.twitter.com/8MErORF7CW
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 17, 2019