Across the country, lawmakers who voted to ban abortion are claiming to support women by pushing for legislation aimed at addressing the crisis in maternal health. Legislators’ attempts to frame policies aimed at bolstering maternal health outcomes as a remedy for reduced access to abortion care demonstrate their misunderstanding of both the fundamental right to bodily autonomy and the lifelong health consequences of pregnancy. Maternal health legislation is critically important, but restricted access to abortion care cannot be made up for by an increase in maternal health supports.

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