The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 225–240

Race, Restrictive State Abortion Laws and Abortion Demand


DOI: 10.1007/s12114-014-9183-0

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Medoff, M.H. Rev Black Polit Econ (2014) 41: 225. doi:10.1007/s12114-014-9183-0


A disproportionately large number of abortions are performed on black and Hispanic women. This study empirically investigates whether restrictive state abortion laws differentially affect the abortion demand of white, black and Hispanic women for the year 2005. A state Medicaid abortion funding restriction significantly decreases the abortion rate of all three races. However, Hispanic women’s abortion demand is more sensitive to a Medicaid funding restriction than either white women or black women. Parental involvement laws and mandatory counseling laws have no significant impact on the abortion rates of the three racial groups. Two-visit laws are associated with a significant decrease in the abortion rate of white women, but have no significant effect on the abortion rates of black and Hispanic women.


RaceState abortion policyAbortion demand

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsCalifornia State University, Long BeachLong BeachUSA