Typically, evaluations of abortion restrictions focus on one restriction at a time. However many states have simultaneous abortion restrictions—including 24-hour waiting periods, mandatory ultrasound viewing laws, parental consent, public insurance restrictions, and 20-week abortion bans. Little is known about how multiple simultaneous restrictions affect women's experiences.
With this study we seek to understand how living in a state with multiple restrictions affects women who become pregnant, and how this compares to women who become pregnant in states with few restrictions. We are currently conducting this research in Louisiana, a state with multiple restrictions against abortion that continues to pass additional restrictions, and Maryland, a state with few restrictions.
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Women at their first prenatal appointment at prenatal clinics in Southern Louisiana and Baltimore, Maryland, were recruited to complete a self-administered iPad survey and an in-clinic structured interview. Some women qualified to participate in an in-depth interview.
Women entering prenatal care report unmet need for social services: read the study and our infographic.