Tuesday, April 03, 2012

"Economic assistance to low-income families... have reduced abortions"


The study of all U.S. states from 1982-2000 finds that benefits for pregnant women and mothers, employment, economic assistance to low-income families, quality child care for working mothers, and removal of state caps on the number of children eligible for economic assistance in low-income families have reduced abortions.

In contrast, permitting Medicaid payments for abortions increased the rate. "Too often, our abortion debate has been used to score political points by both sides, rather than to identify what kinds of public policies will actually prevent and reduce abortions in America," asserts Alexia Kelley, executive director. 'This data shows that policymakers on both sides of the aisle have a moral imperative to enact legislation that provides economic and social supports for vulnerable women and families in order to reduce abortions.

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