Panel: Family Planning Policies, Childbearing, and Abortion

Friday, November 8, 2019: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Terrace (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Analisa Packham, Vanderbilt University
Panel Chair:  Analisa Packham, Vanderbilt University; Miami University
Discussants:  Barton Willage, Louisiana State University and Elizabeth Ananat, Duke University

What impacts childbearing and abortion in the United States? This session examines the impact of four main areas of public policy interest: restrictions on abortion clinics, access to abortion clinics, parental involvement laws, and trends in fertility over time. Understanding to what extent women’s ability to control childbearing can affect their outcomes is especially critical to understanding how family planning policies impact infant outcomes, family formation, educational attainment, and labor force participation. These findings are especially relevant and important in light of recent cuts to Title X funding and new proposed federal and state legislation restricting women's access to abortion.

Abortion Clinic Closures and Women's Outcomes
Andrea M. Kelly, Texas A&M University

Did Parental Involvement Laws Grow Teeth? the Effects of State Restrictions on Minors’ Access to Abortion
Caitlin Knowles Myers, Middlebury College and Daniel Ladd, University of California, Irvine

Fertility Trends in the United States, 1980-2017: The Role of Unintended Births
Kasey Buckles, University of Notre Dame, Melanie Guldi, University of Central Florida and Lucie Schmidt, Williams College

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