Dept of Economics
One Bear Place #98003
Waco, Texas 76798-8003
Institutional Affiliation: Baylor University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2017||How Far Is Too Far? New Evidence on Abortion Clinic Closures, Access, and Abortions|
with , , : w23366
We document the effects of abortion-clinic closures on clinic access, abortions, and births using variation generated by a law that shuttered nearly half of Texas' clinics. Increases in distance have significant effects for women initially living within 200 miles of a clinic. The largest effect is for those nearest to clinics for whom a 25-mile increase reduces abortion 10%. We also demonstrate the importance of congestion with a proxy capturing effects of closures which have little impact on distance but which reduce clinics per-capita. These effects account for 59% of the effects of clinic closures on abortion.