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Abortion-Ruling Rollback Risks More Deaths, CDC Chief Says (1)

May 4, 2022, 9:58 PM

Overturning constitutional protection for legal abortion could lead to more deaths and will exacerbate inequities in access to health care, the top U.S. public health official said.

Such an action would lead to unequal access nationwide to reproductive health services, endangering people’s wellbeing and lives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

Health officials are responding to abortion concerns following a report from Politico Tuesday suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could be about to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that protects the constitutional right to abortion. The court ...