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Yesterday the Tribune published an article on the underground market and sale of an abortion drug. You can find the article here:

http://www.tribune242.com/…/secret-trade-abortion-tablets-…/

The article outlines that the chemist sells the drug without prescription, and refers purchasers to a number of doctors, who they can contact, should they encounter an issue like prolonged bleeding.

Being ever the inquisitive news consumer, I wondered if this article inspired by the recent uptick in the number off at home-abortion deaths? Was it created to drive a national conversation of around women’s health and right to choose? This is unclear from the unbiased reporting on the matter.

However

In the spirit of balancing the conversation around the subject, I would like to share with you an article on The Economic Effects of Abortion Access from the Institute on Women’s Policy Research: https://iwpr.org/p…/economic-effects-abortion-access-report/

The article which goes into extensive detail on causal relationships between women’s education and place place the workforce, highlights some of the following facts:

Educational attainment:

• Abortion access reduced teen fertility, particularly for Black women who had lower levels of access to contraception. This allowed Black women greater opportunity to pursue further education.

• Abortion legalization in the 1970s increased Black women’s rates of high school graduation and college attendance.
• Among White women, abortion access lowered teen fertility but did not improve educational outcomes.
Labor force participation:
• Abortion access increased women’s participation in the workforce overall.
• Effects were stronger for Black women, increasing participation by 6.9 percentage points, compared with 2 percentage points among all women.

Other effects: Abortion access reduced unintended births. Cohorts of children were more likely to be planned, and, as a result, had improved educational and economic outcomes, both during childhood and later in life.
International evidence:
• A limited number of studies have used rigorous econometric methods to find causal effects of abortion access in other countries.
• Many findings from other country contexts are similar to those from the United States: abortion access increased educational attainment among women and improved outcomes for children. Decreased fertility increased women’s labor market participation.

Evidence from policy changes in the 1970s has relevance for today’s policy decisions:

• Unintended pregnancies were higher in 2015-2017 than in 1973. Research examining the effects of more recent restrictions on abortion access and funding shows significant impacts on abortion use, birth rates, and teen births.

• While high school education is nearly universal, lack of access to abortion would likely continue to impact college completion, especially for Black women, who have lower completion rates, compared with other groups of women.

• Women’s labor force participation continues to be affected by childbearing. The relationship between female labor force participation and changes to abortion access today would likely be similar to estimates based on earlier policy changes.

• Although the most important implication of abortion access is individuals’ ability to make and execute decisions about their reproductive life, changes to abortion access also affect one’s economic outcomes, including educational and labor market indicators.

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