Mayra B. Pineda Torres
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77845
Institutional Affiliation: Texas A&M University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2019||New Evidence on the Effects of Mandatory Waiting Periods for Abortion|
with Jason M. Lindo: w26228
Beyond a handful of studies examining early-adopting states in the early 1990s, little is known about the causal effects of mandatory waiting periods for abortion. In this study we evaluate the effects of a Tennessee law enacted in 2015 that requires women to make an additional trip to abortion providers for state-directed counseling at least 48 hours before they can obtain an abortion. Based on our difference-in-differences approach, estimates indicate that the introduction of the mandatory waiting period caused a 62-percent increase in the share of abortions obtained during the second trimester, completely closing the pre-existing gap between Tennessee and the comparison states. Our analysis examining overall abortion rates are suggestive of reductions caused by the waiting period but t...