June 24, 2022 – A post-Roe America means millions of women seeking abortions will face a new set of mental-health challenges, three national organizations said in a joint statement on Friday.

 They also said the inability to get an abortion could increase the risk of domestic abuse, as research has shown evidence of a strong relationship between unwanted pregnancy and interpersonal violence. Furthermore, it could put those who are forced to stay in contact with violent partners at risk, as well as their children, they added. 

At the same time, the organizations said the court’s decision will disproportionately affect people who already face discriminatory obstacles to health care, such as the Black and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, and those who have difficulty making ends meet.

“Our nation is already experiencing a mental-health crisis. This is yet another factor that will contribute to negative mental-health outcomes for our society,” the organizations said in the statement.