Health experts sound alarm on possible financial, health impacts of repealing Roe v. Wade

Martine Hackett, director of Public Health Programs at Hofstra University, says if the Supreme Court does overturn the decision, then the difference between those who have and those who have not will be more stark.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2022, 2:35 AM

Updated 719 days ago

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Health experts are raising the alarm about what repealing the Roe v. Wade decision could mean for some people.
Martine Hackett, director of Public Health Programs at Hofstra University, says if the Supreme Court does overturn the decision, then the difference between those who have and those who have not will be "even more stark."
Hackett says wealthier women in states where abortion would be illegal could travel to have the procedure.
That could prove more difficult for poorer women or women of color.
Hackett says those who are denied abortions could have negative long-term financial and health outcomes.
"If you are in a situation where you do not have that choice and you are denied access to getting an abortion, you are in a situation where you might not be financially able to raise a child, emotionally stable to do so, and yet you have to," Hackett says.
But others like Marie Esteve, a Pentecostal pastor in West Hempstead, says the Bible teaches against abortion.
She is in favor of banning the practice.
"I would support that," Esteve says. "I would support it not only in some states, but everywhere in the whole world. Once the egg is fertilized inside the woman, it's already somebody."
Some pro-choice advocates are mobilizing because they are anticipating that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
Some are planning to help people travel to have abortions and states like California have already said it plans to be an abortion sanctuary state.


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