Natural and social disasters: racial inequality in access to contraceptives after Hurricane Ike.

Author:

Leyser-Whalen, O., Rahman, M., & Berenson, A. B.

Editor:

First

Date:

2011

Region:

Theme:

Gender and Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons

Language:

English

Publisher:

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc

Full Harvard Reference:

Leyser-Whalen, O., Rahman, M., & Berenson, A. B. (2011). Natural and social disasters: racial inequality in access to contraceptives after Hurricane Ike. Journal of Women's Health, 20(12), 1861-1866.

This quantitative study examines access to various types of birth control in a large sample of women from diverse backgrounds following the 2008 Hurricane Ike, in Texas Gulf Coast. Results show that 13% of women reported difficulties accessing contraception. Black women had more difficulty than their white and Hispanic counterparts. Although family planning clinics in the area were open, black women and hurricane evacuees reported greater difficulty in accessing birth control. Last, a lack of access to birth control was related to having a higher frequency of unprotected sex for women of all races.