The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Sarah Miller, Laura R. Wherry, Diana Greene Foster. The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 15(1): 394-437.
This paper evaluates the financial and economic consequences of being denied an abortion. We link credit report data to the Turnaway Study, which collected high-quality, longitudinal data on women receiving or being denied a wanted abortion in the United States. We compare financial outcomes over a ten-year period for women who had pregnancies just above and below a gestational age limit allowing for a wanted abortion. Outcomes evolved similarly for the two groups prior to the abortion encounter. Following the encounter, women who were denied an abortion experience a large increase in financial distress that remains for several years.