Abortion Rates and Universal Health Care

Title Abortion Rates and Universal Health Care
Year 2010
Author P. Whelan
DOI 10.1056/NEJMp1002985
URL http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1002985
Journal New England Journal of Medicine
Document Type Journal Article
Document Availability Full Text
Classification Health insurance; access
Abstract Among the most nettlesome obstacles in the yearlong debate over increasing the accessibility and affordability of health insurance has been the question of what effect health care reform legislation would have on the incidence of abortion. The recent experience in Massachusetts suggests that universal health care coverage has been associated with a decrease in the number of abortions performed, despite public and private funding of abortion that is substantially more liberal than the provisions of the federal legislation currently under consideration by Congress. Parties on both sides of the national debate on this issue, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reached an in-formal consensus early last year that reform should maintain as nearly as possible the status quo, which mostly keeps the federal

 

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