Cost of abortions determines how many women get them, study finds

From pro-life author Mark Crutcher:

“The abortion lobby’s claim has always been that when a woman does not want to be pregnant, she will crawl through hell on broken glass to get an abortion… But for that to be true, it would have to also be true that the cost of abortions does not significantly impact the rate at which women have abortions. The abortion industry’s problem is that this was disproven years ago. In April 1988, after 15 years of legal abortion, the financial publication, Economic Inquiry, VolumeXXVI, featured a study about the relationship between the cost of abortion and the rate of abortion. The major finding of this research was that,

“The significant inverse relationship between the price of abortions and the abortion rate confirms that the fundamental law of demand is applicable to abortions.”

He goes on to give another example:

“Colorado abortionist, Warren Hern, reinforced this in May 1997 during an annual convention of the National Abortion Federation held in Boston, Massachusetts.

At a workshop held during the event, Hern complained that paying for ultrasound machines would increase the cost of abortions by $25 and that this would cause patient loads at abortion clinics to “plummet.” In effect, he was not merely confirming that price affects the abortion rate, he was stating that even small increases in price have a profound impact.…

The point is, despite the abortion lobby’s “hell on broken glass” rhetoric, the evidence is clear that the abortion decision is a highly marginal one. Because of that, desperation has far less influence on abortion rates than price or distance to a clinic or any other factor that comes between the woman considering abortion and the people who want to sell it to her. If that were not the case, a $25 price increase would not impact abortion rates much less cause the number of women having abortions to – in Hern’s words – plummet.”

Mark Crutcher Siege: Pro-Life Field Manual (Denton, Texas: Life Dynamics Inc., 2015) 16 – 17

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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