Action Alert!
Catholic World News

Does insurance coverage increase abortion rate? The 'Romneycare' precedent

August 27, 2012

As American politicians debate whether the "Obamacare" health plan will increase the rate of abortion, analysts turn to the record in Massachusetts, where coverage of abortion (ironically introduced during the tenure of Governor Mitt Romney, now President Obama's Republican challenger) has not produced that effect.

In fact, the best available statistics show a decline in the Massachusetts abortion rate following the introduction of "Romneycare." However that trend cannot be attributed to the legislation. Abortion rates had been falling steadily in Massachusetts since 1991; the decrease in 2006-2010 was in line with that longer trend.

Moreover, Massachusetts provides a special case because since 1981, under the terms of a state court decision, anyone receiving Medicaid assistance was already entitled to a taxpayer-subsidized abortion.

The study does not, of course, account for non-surgical abortions--that is, abortions caused by pills.


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.