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Low-income, Black Women Suffer Disproportionately of Abortion Restrictions 
Fifty one new state-level abortion restrictions have been enacted so far bringing the number of restrictions enacted since 2010 to 282, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.

Southern states are heavily affected by these restrictions hence reducing the access to abortion for women in these areas. “We see a geographical divide,” said Elizabeth Nash from the Guttmacher Institute in a audio press conference July 2.
Unsurprisingly, low-income and women of color are disproportionately impacted. In addition of the cost of an abortion - about $500 when undergone early in the first semester – , Nash said, women often have difficulty taking time off to travel to the clinic and/ or to have their children taken care of when away.
Four states - Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Oklahoma - have extended or adopted new waiting periods this year necessitating women to make more than one trip to the clinic. Making multiple trips turns out to be costly for the women when they can afford it at all.
In addition of the state-level restrictions affecting the access to abortion, anti-abortion groups are resorting to their own methods to shame women for making their own decisions. Atlanta has seen, last month, a new anti-abortion ad campaign mushrooming throughout the city. The campaign is targeting black women who seek an abortion. The ads are “using image of black infant and shaming black women for having the choice to decide,” said Dazon Dixon Diallo, Founder and President of SisterLove during the press call.
Diallo said that surveys have showed that black families overwhelmingly support the right of women to decide for themselves and yet state laws are going against that right.
For Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Arkansas, women of color are disproportionately affected by a poor access to reproductive healthcare and primarily an access to contraceptive. Elders pointed out to the importance of having a comprehensive sexual and health education at school and at home in order to educate the youth and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
--- Hajer Naili, Staff Reporter ---

Women Gain Two Out of Three New Jobs in June

Women gained two out of the three new jobs in June, according to an analysis from Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women gained 150,000 jobs and men gained 73,000 for a total of 223,000 jobs added in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The overall unemployment rate decreased to 5.3 percent in June from 5.5 percent in May.

Afghan Court Rejects Farkunda Mob Killing Death Sentences 

An Afghan appeals court quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada in Kabul in March, BBC News reported June 2nd. The young woman was attacked at an Islamic shrine after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran. She was stoned to death, her body was run over by a car and set on fire. The court also acquitted the keeper of the shrine. Family members and rights activists have expressed outrage at the decision, which was taken in secret.

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