Journal article

State abortion policy, geographic access to abortion providers and changing family formation.

DT Lichter, DK McLaughlin, DC Ribar

Family Planning Perspectives | Published : 1998


CONTEXT: One of the goals in cutting welfare payments and setting time limits on welfare receipt is the reduction of out-of-wedlock childbearing among poor women. Yet such changes may increase the demand for abortion at the same time that access to abortion has decreased, throwing into doubt the potential effect of these changes on the proportion of women who are heading families. METHODS: State and county fixed-effects models were used to estimate the effects of factors influencing abortion availability--geographic access, parental notification requirements and Medicaid funding restrictions--on the county-level proportion of women heading households. RESULTS: The decline in geographic acces..

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