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(Washington, D.C.) Data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the rate of poverty among Americans 65 and older is dramatically higher—54 percent—under the more comprehensive Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) than the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. Over 6.5 million seniors—more than one in seven—cannot afford to meet their basic needs after paying medical expenses. The child poverty rate is 19 percent lower under the SPM than under the official poverty measure because the SPM counts income from additional safety net programs—but the child poverty rate is still higher than for any other age group.
(Washington, D.C.) Women’s unemployment rate was higher than men’s for first time since December 2012, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Last week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a restrictive law by saying, “[T]he vast majority of Texans” still live “within comfortable driving distance (150 miles)” of an abortion clinic. In commenting on women who live in more rural areas, Mr. Abbott promised, “Abortion can be accessed by driving approximately 230–250 miles — an inconvenience, but still a manageable one.” Let’s take a hypothetical low-income woman from the Rio Grande area — Ms. Smith — and examine just how “manageable of an inconvenience” it would be for her to get an abortion.
For anyone who thinks that poverty among seniors is a thing of the past, the data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau should serve as a wake-up call. Under the Census Bureau’s more comprehensive Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the rate of poverty among Americans 65 and older is 54 percent higher than under the official poverty measure (14.6 percent v. 9.5 percent). Over 6.5 million seniors—more than one in seven—cannot afford to meet their basic needs.
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