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Research finds many ways that women, especially women of color, are excluded from equal access to power.

“If the final draft of the Dobbs decision looks anything like what has been leaked, abortion care will cease to be a right and become instead a privilege accessible only to those who live in or can travel to a decreasing number of states. Racial disparities in reproductive health care will expand as lower-income people and people of color will become even less able to access what has been considered a fundamental right for the past five decades.”

Rebecca J. Kreitzer and Candis Watts Smith write an opinion piece in The Washington Post. Kreitzer is an associate professor of public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Smith is an associate professor of political science at Duke University.