Emily Quang, Liza Fuentes, Gut Mocker Institute discussed on Short Wave

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You're listening to shortwave. From NPR. Hey, shortwaves, Emily quang here. We're picking up our conversation with Liza Fuentes, a senior research scientist at the gut mocker institute. Go back and listen to part one if you missed it. Where we discussed how abortion fits into healthcare and public health. In part two, we're going to discuss what that actually looks like in practice. A practice that's likely to shift in communities across the U.S.. Depending on the outcome of a Supreme Court case, Dobbs versus Jackson women's health organization. It deals with the Mississippi law that shortened the window for abortion from 20 weeks to 15. The Jackson clinic is the only abortion provider in the state. And currently, under the 1973 ruling known as roe V wade, women are guaranteed the right to have an abortion up until fetal viability. The time when a fetus can survive outside the womb, which and if the court upholds the 15 week Mississippi abortion ban, it erodes the constitutional right to abortion that was established by roe. Then each state would decide for itself how to regulate abortion access. Liza says this would have an immediate impact on families throughout the U.S.. The ability to decide if when and how to have a child is integral to people being able to have not just realized their health, but that of their families, right? A denied abortion at the very least could be economically devastating for a family that's already struggling to make ends meet, Liza's conclusion is supported by research. A 5 year study led by doctor Diana Greene foster called the turnaway study. Track the health and economic outcomes of nearly 1000 women who saw it and were denied abortions. People who become pregnant and are unable to get a safe legal abortion in their state, those that carry the pregnancy to term will experience long-term physical health and economic harm. Today on the show, the reality of what it means to treat abortion as healthcare. And how those states moving toward stricter abortion laws invest the least in women and children's health. You're listening to.

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