Study Finds: Women Denied Abortions Live in Financial Stress Years Later
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CBS News Reports: Women denied abortions live in financial distress years later, study finds
When denied an abortion, women are more likely to live in poverty than those who were able to access their freedom to choose. Those forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy are much more likely to be evicted, experience bankruptcy and drown in debt.
"We find that being denied an abortion has large and persistent effects on financial distress that are sustained for five years following the intended abortion," wrote the report's authors, Sarah Miller of the University of Michigan, Laura Wheery of the University of California at Los Angeles and Diana Foster of of the University of California at San Francisco. "Unpaid debts that are more than 30 days past due more than double in size, and the number of public records, which include negative events such as evictions and bankruptcies, increases substantially."
One of the biggest reasons women seek out abortions is because they cannot afford to raise a child. Overall, the study found that having an unwanted pregnancy increased debt by 78% within 30 days.
Women refused abortions were nearly four times as likely to live below the federal poverty line four years later as those who had abortions, according to the research, and three-quarters reported not being able to cover basic expenses, such as housing, transportation and food, five years later. Almost two-third, or 63%, already had one child.
As states continue to threaten abortion rights, more and more women are likely to fall into poverty.
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