Abortion Advocates protest for rights. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images.
Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images. Younger Latinos are supporting Abortion rights while the old do not.

The Latinx generational divide on abortion

Abortion is causing some tense conversations at the dinner table in Latinx households.


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As the deadlocks on abortion access in Latin America loosen at long last, the United States took a 50-year step backwards. 

The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade fractured the nation, including the U.S. Latinx community, where first generation Americans find themselves in disaccord with their American-born children. 

On June 24, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, transferring all power on the issue to the states, where more than half will likely ban it. The massive decision is expected to further expose the racial healthcare disparities that already existed for women of color in marginalized areas. 

For Latinos across the country, it has become a disagreement between first and second generation Americans. Many families in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling have experienced internal problems in a world where the failure to agree with another’s viewpoint is cause for eliminating people from one’s life. 

According to an Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll in partnership with Noticias Telemundo conducted more than a week before the overturn, 1,018 Latino adults were canvassed about their view on abortion. 

Half of them answered it should be legal with 25% saying it should be against the law at all costs. Abortion advocy in the poll was dependant on whether the pollee was U.S. born or not. Forty-one percent of immigrants said it should be legal in a huge distinction from 59% and 62% for second and third generation Americans. 

Twenty-nine percent of those who only spoke Spanish at home said it ought to be legal in a huge difference from 63% that represent Latinos speaking only English, creating a divide between generations and how each age group thinks of certain topics. 

The huge discrepancy that exists shows the division and complicated nature of the subject at hand. 

A large percentage of the opposition stems from religious ideologies from Catholics and Christians, two of the dominant religions in Latin America, where to a certain extent, that part of the world is still rather conserative and goes against the idea of terminating a pregnancy. However, declining devotion to religion among second and third generation Latinos is occurring and explains, to a certain degree, the gap between parents and their children. 

There is a low concentration of first-generation Americans who do not attend church regularly, at 18%, compared to 40% and 46% respectively of second and third generations. As the church's influence on younger minds has waned over the years, the more progressive they are compared to their parents or grandparents, creating family divides and conflicts. 

With religion and plain belief being the divider, decisions on human life are also being made by mostly men in accordance to outdated ideologies and disturbed outlooks. The outcome could be very devastating, as abortions will still occur, but under very dangerous circumstances, and with the possible consequences of death or jail. 

Access to abortion in certain states before the overturn was already a difficult task, such as in Texas and Florida, but moreso now with the states in full control that can and will decide the ultimate outcome for so many women across the country. 

In a nation where freedom of choice is presumed, the Supreme Court turned its back on its citizens and once again made the decision on behalf of women nationwide, and will absolutely wreck the lives of many people of color in marginalized communities. 

While the U.S. has traditionally stood to be the liberty of all and the model example of a free country, the Supreme Court's ruling has made it a third world country in that respect.


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