Friday, August 11, 2017
Recent state policies restricting access to reproductive services in Texas have led to a decrease in abortions and an uptick in birth rates, according to a study circulated by the National Bureau of Economic research this week.
Effects of state policies targeting reproductive services in Texas starting in 2011 have been rippling across the state: In-state abortions decreased by 20% and births rose 3% in counties that no longer had an abortion provider within 50 miles between 2011 and 2015, the study found. Contraceptive purchases also rose by 8% during that period. This amounts to more than 3,000 additional births, including 2,562 caused by abortion clinic restrictions and 668 linked to lack of funding for non-abortion reproductive resources like centers that distribute birth control pills and condoms.
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