How Latines Are Impacted by State Abortion Bans


The consequences of striking down Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that had guaranteed the right to an abortion, have a ripple effect that has impacted millions. According to a recent report, Latinas and femme-Latines are the largest group of women of color impacted by current or likely state abortion bans.

Here at #WeAllGrow, we are unapologetic about our commitment to the generational fight for reproductive rights. We have vowed to consistently tap into our resources to support the reproductive justice movement.

And with women’s rights on the ballot of the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, we are compelled to share with you a recently released report highlighting the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on Latinas and Latines with uteruses. The joint analysis by The Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and the National Partnership for Women and Families exposes some shocking findings since abortion bans have been put in place. We’ve shared some key findings with you below:

  • Nearly 6.5 million Latinas and Latines with uteruses – 42 percent of all Latinas and Latines ages 15-49 – live in the 26 states that have banned or are likely to ban abortion. They represent the largest group of women of color impacted by current or likely state bans. 
  • Nearly half of all Latinas and Latines with uteruses who live in these 26 states are already mothers, including 839,700 mothers of children under the age of three. Research shows that when mothers cannot access abortion care, it negatively impacts their existing children’s economic security and development.
  • Nearly 3 million Latinas and Latines with uteruses living in these states are economically insecure. State bans significantly impact low-income women and femmes as they are more likely to lack access to the necessary funds to travel to other states for abortion care.  
  • More than 1 million Latinas and Latines with uteruses who live in states that have or are likely to ban abortions report not speaking English or speaking it well. This language barrier substantially challenges accessing and receiving culturally competent abortion care. 
  • The Dobbs ruling impacted Latinas and Latines with uteruses of all racial groups, including 107,100 Black Latinas; 56,500 Native Latinas; 18,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander Latinas; and 820,500 multiracial Latinas. 

To read the full report from the National Partnership for Women & Families, click here. 

We invite you to continue joining us en la lucha in helping us support the organizations that are fighting for our reproductive rights like Latina Institute, MomsRising, and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

About the Author

Chantelle Bacigalupo

Chantelle Bacigalupo is #WeAllGrow Latina’s Editorial Staff Writer. She is a Bolivian-American photographer, multimedia journalist, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on issues ranging across immigration, social & environmental justice, preserving Indigenous cultures, and reproductive justice. You can read more of her pieces here.




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