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Abortion could be banned in the U.S. within two years under new Supreme Court

Abortion in the U.S. is on the chopping block.

Access to the medical procedure in the country has been dwindling in recent years and with the retirement announced this week of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, women’s health advocates say it could become effectively banned nationally within the next two years.

Abortion access has a number of financial implications. Women who are denied the procedure are significantly more likely to experience poverty in the years following, a 2018 study from the American Journal of Public Health found. Women who were unable to have a wanted abortion had four times greater odds of having a household income below the federal poverty level and three times greater odds of being unemployed after six months, the study found.

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