Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Porter-Hudak, Susan

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

Department of Economics

Abstract

Many states restrict the access of minors to abortion services and implement restrictions that make abortions more difficult for women to obtain. The purpose of this paper is to show that these state restrictions do have some effect on overall state and teen abortion rates. Through regression analysis this paper estimates the impacts of these enforced abortion restrictions on abortion rates between 1973 and 2008. Using four estimation methods that account for difficult- to-measure variables the results suggest that parental involvement laws can decrease minors’ demand for abortion by about seven percent. The incidence of other state restrictions, such as mandatory delay after counseling, can decrease overall state abortion rates by four percent.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

19 unnumbered pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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