Study: Waiting Period Decreases Abortion Rate

A Tennessee law that requires women to wait 48 hours before receiving an abortion decreased the abortion rate in the state while increasing the cost of the procedure, according to a new study. The law, passed in 2015, requires women to receive pre-abortion counseling 48 hours prior to the abortion. It is being challenged in federal court. The new study by researchers at Texas A&M University showed the law led to a decrease in the state's abortion rate, from 8.9 in 2010-14 to 7.2 in 2015-16 (per 1,000 women aged 15-44). Read more...



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