COERCIVE AND NONCOERCIVE ABORTION DETERRENCE POLICIES: A Comparative State Analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • The Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) limited the authority of states to prohibit abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. Although they can no longer prohibit abortions, state legislatures have adopted a variety of coercive and noncoercive policies that might operate to alter the utilities associated with having or providing abortions. This article analyzes the relative impacts of these policies on two measures of abortion behavior: (1) state abortion rates in 1976 and (2) trends in states' abortion rates from 1973 to 1976. Multiple regression analysis reveals that neither coercive nor noncoercive policies are strongly related to these aggregate measures of abortion behavior. Copyright © 1980, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

author list (cited authors)

  • JOHNSON, C. A., & BOND, J. R.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • January 1980