Covid-19 Surgical Abortion Restriction Did Not Reduce Visits to Abortion Clinics

32 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2020

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Martin Andersen

UNC Greensboro

Sylvia Bryan

University of Kansas

David Slusky

University of Kansas; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

Due to COVID-19, 33 states banned elective medical procedures, and 13 of these states included surgical abortions. We collected street addresses of abortion clinics and linked them to SafeGraph's data on counts of visitors. We found a 32 percent decrease in clinics visits in February-May of 2020 compared to 2019. States that banned elective procedures saw an additional 23 percent decrease in visits. However, there was no significant additional decrease in the states that explicitly banned surgical abortions. We estimate that the decrease in foot traffic over these four months reduced abortions by 9 percent in 2020 relative to 2019.

Keywords: COVID-19, elective surgery, social distancing, abortion

JEL Classification: H75, I18, J13

Suggested Citation

Andersen, Martin and Bryan, Sylvia and Slusky, David, Covid-19 Surgical Abortion Restriction Did Not Reduce Visits to Abortion Clinics. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3726434 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3726434

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