How Far Is Too Far? New Evidence on Abortion Clinic Closures, Access, and Abortions
Jason Lindo (),
Caitlin Myers (),
Andrea Schlosser and
No 23366, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc
We document the effects of abortion-clinic closures on clinic access, abortions, and births using variation generated by a law that shuttered nearly half of Texas' clinics. Increases in distance have significant effects for women initially living within 200 miles of a clinic. The largest effect is for those nearest to clinics for whom a 25-mile increase reduces abortion 10%. We also demonstrate the importance of congestion with a proxy capturing effects of closures which have little impact on distance but which reduce clinics per-capita. These effects account for 59% of the effects of clinic closures on abortion.
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