if concern for women’s health were truly driving this legislation, it would not be targeting abortion. A person is 14 times more likely to die by carrying a pregnancy to term than by legally induced abortion.
Black women bear the brunt of reproductive politicking in the United States. Nationally, they are over three times as likely to die because of pregnancy and labor complications as white women. That figure multiplies in states hostile to abortion rights. The 2019 Health of Women and Children Report ranked Mississippi 50th among the states overall in promoting the health of women, infants and children. Using abortion surveillance data compiled nationally, it quickly becomes clear that it is far more dangerous for Black women to give birth in Mississippi than it is for them to terminate a pregnancy.