Diana G. Foster
Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health
Institutional Affiliation: University of California San Francisco
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2020||The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion|
with Sarah Miller, Laura R. Wherry: w26662
Restrictions on abortion are pervasive, yet relatively little is known about the financial and economic impact of being denied an abortion on pregnant women who seek one. This paper evaluates the economic consequences of being denied an abortion on the basis of the gestational age of the pregnancy. Our analysis relies on new linkages to administrative credit report data for participants in the Turnaway Study, the first study to collect high-quality, longitudinal data on women receiving or being denied a wanted abortion in the United States. Some women had pregnancies close to the facility’s gestational age limit, but below it, and received a wanted abortion (Near Limit Group). A second group of women had pregnancies just over the facility’s gestational age limit and were turned away withou...