The lead author of the study suggests the increase in the abortion rate for poor women came because of the downturn in the economy and she suggests more access to contraception — even though prior studies from Guttmacher confirm more than half of women who get abortions were using contraception at the time.
“That abortion is becoming increasingly concentrated among poor women suggests the need for better contraceptive access and family planning counseling. It certainly appears these women are being underserved,” says study author Rachel K. Jones.
Jones blamed pro-life legislation cutting taxpayer funding for abortions as resulting in the increased abortion rates for black women, even though studies have shown cutting tax-funded abortions is most responsible for reducing the number of abortions.
The authors analyzed data from the Guttmacher Institute’s 2008 Abortion Patient Survey, Current Population Surveys for 2008 and 2009, and the 2006–2008 National Survey of Family Growth to estimate abortion rates by subgroups and lifetime incidence of abortion.