The Impact of State Abortion Policy on the Price of an Abortion

Marshall Medoff


This study empirically examines whether restrictive state abortion laws have an indirect effect on the demand for abortions by increasing the price charged by abortion providers as a result of complying with the laws. The empirical results found that, over the period 2000-2011, state enforcement of a two-visit law and a TRAP law caused an increase in the real price charged by abortion providers by between 13%-15% for a two-visit law and 17%-19% for a TRAP law. These empirical results suggest that these two restrictive state abortion laws indirectly reduce abortion demand through their impact on the price of an abortion.


abortion, restrictive abortion laws, state abortion policy

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