Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, September 24, 2021

Life Consequences For People Who Cannot Get Abortions

From NBC News:

Denial of abortion is not only a concern in legal field, but also an issue in economy. While people of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds get abortions, about half of all individuals who obtain one live below the federal poverty level. 

Meanwhile, people who carried an unwanted pregnancy to term experienced a 78 percent spike in debt that was a month or more past due after the time of birth and an 81 percent increase in reports of bankruptcies, evictions, and tax liens, compared to others who had access to abortion care. Individuals who are denied an abortion are also three times more likely to be unemployed.

Denial of abortion also causes mental problems and increases the instances of domestic violence. Carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term is far riskier to someone's physical health than having an abortion. About 700 people in the United States die each year as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, the maternal mortality rate is 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. 

Domestic violence is also common among people seeking abortions, with between 6 percent and 22 percent reporting recent violence from an intimate partner. Those who are turned away from getting an abortion are more likely to stay in contact with a violent partner, and they are more likely to raise the child alone.

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