Disparities in abortion rates: a public health approach.

Abstract:

:Women of lower socioeconomic status and women of color in the United States have higher rates of abortion than women of higher socioeconomic status and White women. Opponents of abortion use these statistics to argue that abortion providers are exploiting women of color and low socioeconomic status, and thus, regulations are needed to protect women. This argument ignores the underlying causes of the disparities. As efforts to restrict abortion will have no effect on these underlying factors, and instead will only result in more women experiencing later abortions or having an unintended childbirth, they are likely to result in worsening health disparities. We provide a review of the causes of abortion disparities and argue for a multifaceted public health approach to address them.

journal_name

Am J Public Health

authors

Dehlendorf C,Harris LH,Weitz TA

doi

10.2105/AJPH.2013.301339

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2013-10-01 00:00:00

pages

1772-9

issue

10

eissn

0090-0036

issn

1541-0048

journal_volume

103

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