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Dr. Zahedi-Spung Briefs Senators on the Economic Implications of Restricted Abortion Access

Today, Colorado-based Physicians for Reproductive Health Fellow and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Dr. Leilah Zahedi-Spung is testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on the adverse economic impacts of abortion restriction. Dr. Zahedi-Spung will share her expertise in complex family planning alongside Professor Caitlin Myers and Mrs. Allie Phillips. Today’s hearing will be live-streamed at 10 AM ET.

The following statement is from Dr. Zahedi-Spung’s remarks to the Senators:

“I became a doctor because of my commitment to care for people without judgment throughout the course of their lives. For me, that commitment includes caring for people throughout their pregnancies, delivering their babies, and supporting them as they decide to end a pregnancy. Each of them deserves high quality health care regardless of who they are or where they live.

“I want to be clear today that abortion is life-saving, necessary, compassionate, essential health care and should be available throughout pregnancy. Abortion is also extremely safe and none of the arbitrary barriers imposed by politicians make it any safer.

“We know from recent data that already thousands of people have been forced to remain pregnant since the Dobbs decision. This is exceptionally dangerous given the state of maternal mortality and morbidity in this country and especially in states with abortion care bans and restrictions. In addition, the patients who are traveling to myself and my colleagues in Colorado for care, have often received a devastating diagnosis later in pregnancy and are grieving. They have to leave their support systems and communities in order to access care that honors their child in the way they feel is best for them.

“Studies have shown us that people who are denied an abortion are more likely to fall into poverty, increase their amount of debt, and generally have worse financial security for years following their abortion denial. Inability to access abortion also has severe consequences for a person’s career, limiting educational attainment, labor force participation, and the ability to access higher paying jobs, and this is especially true for Black, Indigenous, people of color who face systemic racism in all aspects of their lives. We also know that when someone is able to access abortion care their financial circumstances and the financial circumstances of their future children vastly improve. We also cannot forget how collective economic security benefits all of us and how abortion care restrictions harm our communities as a whole.

“People should be able to get care in their own communities, in a manner that is best for them, with the people they trust. I urge you to listen to the stories being told today by the people who provide and access abortion care. I hope these stories help you understand that abortion care is not an isolated political issue, and to see how profoundly restrictions on abortion access harm all of us and the people we love.”