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Op-Ed: Restricting access to abortion makes poor women poorer

By Diana Greene Foster

On the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, clinic abortion rates in the United States are plummeting, having decreased by an unprecedented 25% between 2008 and 2014. Some of this decline may be due to improvements in contraceptive use, but it is likely that the hundreds of state-level restrictions that have shuttered abortion clinics and increased the cost of getting an abortion have resulted in many women being unable to get one.

Both sides of the abortion debate have long argued about the effects of terminating a pregnancy on women’s lives. By comparing women who received an abortion to those who were turned away, my colleagues and I have actual data about the experience of abortion and its alternative, carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term.

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