A recent NPR piece outlined the economic impacts on women who are denied access to an abortion. The story profiled a 35-year-old mother of two small children who found out she was pregnant after having been had been recently laid off from her job. She was unable to afford an abortion and in Illinois at that time, abortion was not covered by Medicaid. Mostiller’s story confirms what a large amount of research shows: Women can be pushed deeper into poverty and financial hardship by being forced to remain pregnant against their will.
The Center’s senior director of litigation, Julie Rikelman, was quoted from December in the piece, during oral arguments against Mississippi’s law to ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks. “The data has been very clear over the last 50 years that abortion has been critical to women’s equal participation in society,” she said.
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