How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind

The Hyde Amendment, which bans Federal funding for abortions, has made safe abortion services inaccessible for many low income women.


How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind 

Roe has never been full of promise for women of color, immigrant women and women with low incomes, who also have the most to lose.

“Legal abortion means little to communities without the ability to access it.”

This article originally appeared in ColorLineson January 19, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.

Forty-six years ago today, millions of women across the country celebrated as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, was made the law of the land. No more hiding in the shadows, no more being ashamed to talk about abortion, we thought. We finally had complete control of our reproductive future and the ability to plan our families.

But the truth is, not all women have benefited from Roe. Women of color have been forced to survive in a reality without the full protections of Roe for decades.

Fake women’s health centers have blatantly targeted…

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