The effects of short-term variation in abortion funding on pregnancy outcomes

Philip J. Cook*, Allan M. Parnell, Michael J. Moore, Deanna Pagnini

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The appropriations for North Carolina's abortion fund have proven inadequate during five of the years between 1980 and 1994. This on-again, off-again funding pattern provides a natural experiment for estimating the short-run effect of changes in the cost of abortions on the number of abortions to indigent women. Using an unusually detailed dataset, we estimate the effects of funding termination on the monthly abortion and birth rates. Overall, approximately one-third of pregnancies that would have resulted in an abortion, had state funds been available, are instead carried to term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-257
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1999

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Fertility
  • Public policy
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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