Ladies. You or I could be Brittany Watts, the 33-yr old Ohio woman who miscarried into the toilet while using the bathroom and was accused of “abusing a corpse.” A felony charge. Her fetus was 22 weeks and had died in the womb. Brittany had gone to the hospital twice asking for help because she knew something was wrong with her pregnancy. She was bleeding and had been told her water had broken. But the hospital told Brittany to go home because they were afraid of becoming involved in legal problems if they tried to help her medically.
Ladies. Miscarriage is common. Some estimate that one in 4 pregnancies result in miscarriage while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an authority on the issue, states one in 3 women over 40 will experience a miscarriage. A 2021 Lancet article that reviewed 4.3 million pregnancies in the UK found that Black women were more than 40% more likely than white women to suffer from miscarriage.
Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful time. But, in today’s political climate, what is meant to be precious blessing could spin out of control and become a life-altering nightmare, especially for us
If you’re having a miscarriage and can’t get help because you live in a U.S. state that bans abortions, you could be charged with a felony or lose your fertility because the doctors won’t help you. You could die. Abortion bans affect Black women more and put our lives and families at risk.
Since the overturn of Roe v Wade, maternal mortality is up in states where abortion has been banned. Child mortality is up, as well. News outlets are reporting in these states where abortion is banned that it’s black women who bear the brunt.
Ladies, get involved. This issue affects you, me, our sisters and daughters and if we’re young, our mothers. Here is The National Black Women’s Reproductive Health Agenda.
A gofundme campaign has been started to help Brittany with legal costs.