Tenn. waiting period law reduced abortion rate by 6 percent, study finds

www.christianpost.com | 10/22/2019 | Staff
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A Tennessee law that mandates a 48-hour waiting period on an abortion led to a 6 percent decrease in abortions performed in the state, according to a new study.

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The law, which was signed by then Governor Bill Haslam in 2015, is currently the subject of a legal challenge. Arguments in the suit were held last month before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, who is expected to rule soon.

Titled “New evidence on the effects of mandatory waiting periods for abortion” and published last month, it was authored by Jason M. Lindo and Mayra Pineda-Torres of Texas A&M University.

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Using data from the state health departments and Vital Statistics reports, the study found that while the waiting period law increased the number of second trimester abortions by 38 percent, it also saw a decrease in all abortions by 6 percent.

“While these are our best estimates of the effects of the [mandatory waiting periods] on abortion rates, we note that they should be viewed with some caution because of limited statistical power,” warned the researchers.

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The study also found that the cost of obtaining an abortion increased by around $900 due to the law’s requirement for...
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