Abortion Bans Come With a Heavy Economic Cost

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The US Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, ending the constitutional right to abortion, will set women back by decades. Economic gaps will widen: Those who can afford to travel will continue to find the terminations they need in order to live healthy lives, study and work — but the most vulnerable will not.

We know this, because multiple studies have told us so, over decades. And yet still the data and its implications are in dispute.

To find out more about the the link between reproductive rights and women’s advancement, the post-Roe debate and its consequences, I spoke to Caitlin Myers, professor of economics at Middlebury College and one of the economists behind an amicus brief filed to the Supreme Court in 2021 that makes the case and highlights decades of research.

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