- Life After Roe: Supporting Women and Families Facing Unexpected Pregnancies
In the post？Roe v. Wade world, state governments will revise laws and regulations about abortion access. All states, whether their elected officials favor abortion access or decide to restrict access to the procedure, should review laws and programs affecting women facing unexpected pregnancy.
For many women, unexpected pregnancy is accompanied by financial hardship, health issues, substance use disorders, housing needs, and other challenges. To help these women, states should review benefit and service strategies to help ensure women have the support they need for healthy pregnancies and babies, whether they live in states that allow abortion or ones that seek to restrict it.
The federal government can help by implementing a balanced, pro-family tax credit; increasing appropriations for existing maternal and child health safety-net programs; and creating a new maternity choice voucher program to provide immediate, supplemental support to women facing unexpected pregnancies.