Brookings June 30, 2022
Keon L. Gilbert, Gabriel R. Sanchez, Camille Busette

Never has the health and well-being of any population been advanced through laws and practices that restrict access to health care, medicines, or new technologies.  However, in overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), will now not only restrict access to reproductive health care, but will also fuel a public health syndemic, characterized by disease clusters that are shaped by social, economic, and political determinants that lead to health inequalities and injustices.

The Dobbs decision affects real people, with generational consequences in multiple realms for all Americans. It will also reset the political dynamics in the U.S., re-establishing the politics of reproductive care as a central, contested element of U.S. elections. The decision’s long-term...

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