Alabama doctor pleads for abortion services before Congress

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The U.S. House of Representatives continues to investigate the potential impact of a nationwide abortion access ban following a leaked the Supreme Court detailing a possible cancellation of Roe vs. Wade.

Medical director of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, Dr. Yashica Robinson, said she expects to see an increase in the death rate of pregnant women if access to abortion is still restricted.

In her testimony, Robinson called access to abortion services “essential health care.”

She said she believed criminalizing abortion would cause harm in the state of Alabama, especially to marginalized groups.

“By attempting to criminalize practitioners who provide abortion care, the bans we have seen passed in Alabama and other states threaten people in communities who already suffer from a lack of health care resources, and it compounds the complex scenarios that obstetricians like me balance on a regular basis. because we make the best possible decisions to manage complicated pregnancies,” Robinson said.

Robinson operates a full-service OBGYN clinic in Huntsville. The clinic is one of the only in the state to offer abortion services.

Robinson said the women drove more than 12 hours to get to her clinic for services because restrictions in their own state prevented them from seeking help closer to home.

In her testimony, Robinson also noted that black women are three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes in the United States.


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