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Latinas are the targets of abortion misinformation. Providers and advocates are pushing back

Latinas who work in clinics and with organizations that are making abortions accessible after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade say they’re increasingly having to counter abortion misinformation that can harm women and the larger communities the groups serve.

Abortion misinformation spreaders have found ways to latch on to the national abortion conversation in English and in Spanish “to continue disseminating this abortion misinformation at a more rapid pace,” said Susy Chávez of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

From false information about abortion criminalization in the U.S. to deceitful information about the lasting physical harm of abortions, the spread of abortion misinformation has become even more rampant in the month since Roe was repealed, Chávez and others say.

Alyx Carrasquel, an intake coordinator for the Florida Access Network abortion fund, regularly speaks with pregnant people who have called for information or appointments.

Carrasquel said most of the people who contact her for help have been on the receiving end of misinformation about abortions being unsafe.

“People are thinking that their abortion is going to harm them or it’s going to put their lives at risk, when in reality it’s one of the safest medical procedures,” Carrasquel said. Scientific research shows abortion procedures in the U.S. are […]

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