Who does Alabama’s abortion ban affect most? Experts explain the law’s disproportionate impact
Heather Shumaker, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, agrees that economic status and geographic location both play a huge role when it comes to access to safe abortions. She says that near-total abortion bans like Alabama’s “impact the people who have the least resources to go to a different state to get access, or who have the least access to other health care already.”
“The people who are already struggling with all of these different restrictions that have already been passed, and who are already living paycheck to paycheck, those are the ones who are going to really feel the impact of this bill if it were to become law,” Shumaker tells Bustle.