CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congresswoman Alma Adams is warning of dire impacts after the Supreme Court's decision to reverse a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. The court's decision leaves the matter to the state to decide.
"We need a uniform system. And it needs to be available to everyone," Adams said on WCNC Charlotte's Flashpoint. "The right should be available to everyone, wherever they live. They shouldn't have to travel."
Adams argued the impacts will be the most severe in marginalized communities.
"Black and brown women, those will be impacted the hardest I believe," she said. "Those who live in rural areas, those who have lower incomes and can't afford to cross state lines for care. Young people, LGBTQ people and women in abusive relationships," she said.
Experts say the real impacts will be seen in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, women across the country will be left with a confusing patchwork of laws.
"It's going to be the wild, wild west when it comes to abortion access," Dr. Susan Roberts, a professor at Davidson College, said.
Adams said the conflicting state laws will put women's health at risk.
"Abortion is still health care, and people are going to need to access it," Adams said. "And now it's going to be a state-by-state fight, which is really problematic," Adams said.
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