Deepening the Divide: Abortion Bans Further Harm Immigrant Communities

By Lucie Arvallo, Hannah Liu, Suma Setty, and Priya Pandey
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Law and Social Policy

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization exacerbated deeply embedded systemic barriers to people accessing abortion care. The ruling had devastating consequences for bodily autonomy, economic mobility, and freedom for immigrants, people in detention, pregnant people, transgender and gender-non-conforming people, and women of reproductive age. Immigrants—especially undocumented individuals and those in mixed-status families—are particularly vulnerable to the harmful impacts of abortion bans due to their unique barriers to care and increased risk of criminalization based on immigration status.

This fact sheet, written in partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, highlights how the overturn of Roe v. Wade exacerbated pre-existing barriers to abortion care for immigrants. We propose a set of concrete recommendations for Congress and the Biden Administration to support immigrant access to abortion.

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