The “War On Women” has been declared amongst many healthcare professionals and political pundits in recent months. There seems to be a different headline flashing across our screens almost daily regarding women’s bodies and what we should do with them.
This year alone there have been plans to defund Planned Parenthood, continuous efforts to strike down President Obama’s birth control plan and threats from right wing extremist to get rid of abortion as an option.
It has been quite troubling to say the least and even more so for black women with alarming statistics pouring in unbeknownst to many.
According to Forbes Magazine, black women account for 66 percent of new cases of HIV among women, the rates for unwanted pregnancy and abortion amongst African American and Hispanic women is significantly higher than white women and African American women are nearly four times likely to die of pregnancy related complications than white woman.
While the statistics are out there, the women of color to speak on the issues in the media are lacking. Here are three ways to stop discrimination against black women’s health care in the media.