Abortion Policy: An Evaluation of the Consequences for Maternal and Infant Health

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873959599
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1985
  • Pages: 182

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures

I. Introduction

Statement of Purpose
Abortion as a Public Policy Issue
Abortion Policy Studies: Some Observations on the Literature
The Dependent Variables and their Measurement
Problems in the Sources of Data on Abortion
The Cases

II. The Effects of Abortion Procedure and Policy: State of the Art

The Medical Effects of Abortion

Specific Procedures
Other Risk Factors
Subsequent Reproductive Health
Psychological Aspects of Abortion
The Role of Counseling
Abortion Policy
Types of Policies
Legal and Illegal Abortion
The Hypotheses

III. Research Design and Methodology

Time-Series Research Designs

Design Issues
The Statistical Methodology of this Study
Regression Analysis
Adjusting the Error Term
Testing the Intervention
IV. Romania: A Tightening of Liberal Policy

Background of Abortion Policy in Eastern Europe
Implementation of Policy
Study Design
The Data

V. Analysis of a Moderate Change: The British Abortion Act of 1967

The 1967 Abortion Act
Implementation Problems
Research Design
Data Analysis

VI. Liberalizing A Restrictive Abortion Policy: The New York City Case

The Movement toward More Liberal Laws
Background of the New York State Law
Implementation of the Law
Preliminary Consequences
Study Design
Data Analysis
Alternative Explanations

VII. Abortion Policy in the United States: The Effects of Roe versus Wade

The 1973 Supreme Court Ruling
Problems of Implementation
Study Design
Data Analysis

The Effects of Roe versus Wade Considered Alone
The Joint Effects of the Supreme Court Decision and Government Spending on Health and Social Programs
Inequality of Access to Abortion: White Versus Nonwhite Maternal and Infant Health
The Comparative Effects of the Supreme Court Decision and Government Spending on Health and Social Programs on Whites and Nonwhites

VIII. Toward a Theory of Abortion Policy

Summary of Findings on Original Hypotheses
Examining Abortion as a Policy Intervention
A Model for Future Research on Abortion Policy in Relation to Infant and Maternal Health
Concluding Comments


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