Sumary of Q&A: Total abortion ban in US could increase pregnancy-related deaths by 21%:
- November 17, 2021 3 min read Source/Disclosures Source: Healio Interview Disclosures: Stevenson reports no relevant financial disclosures.
- Back to Healio The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments over S.B.
- 1. The Supreme Court is unlikely to rule on the Texas case until the summer of 2022, according to Amanda Jean Stevenson, PhD, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.
- Meanwhile, at least 12 other states have recently passed laws attempting to ban abortion at 6 weeks of gestation or earlier, Stevenson wrote in a recent paper in Demography.
- 2021;doi:10.1215/00703370-9585908. Stevenson conducted an analysis on the impact of reproductive health policies and found that, if implemented, a total abortion ban in the U.S. could increase pregnancy-related deaths among women by 21%, and Black women specifically by an estimated 33%.
- These estimates do not take into account deaths that may arise from unsafe or attempted abortions, according to Stevenson.
- In addition, Stevenson found that a total ban could result in an additional 140 deaths per year, for an estimated 815 annual deaths due to pregnancy-related causes.
- Black women and women of lower socioeconomic status face a higher mortality risk since these populations are more likely to seek abortion care or encounter serious pregnancy complications, according to Stevenson.