Medicaid abortion restrictions are an insurmountable barrier
Researchers conducted surveys and interviews with women entering prenatal care in Southern Louisiana, a state where Medicaid does not cover abortion. They asked them about whether they had considered abortion for this pregnancy and, if so, whether lack of Medicaid coverage of abortion was a reason they had not had one. Researchers then used estimates from the study data as well as estimates of births, abortions, and births covered by Medicaid in Louisiana to estimate the proportion of low-income women who would have had abortions but instead give birth when Medicaid does not cover abortion.
Their findings confirm the earlier research review: About one fourth of Medicaid-eligible pregnant women give birth instead of having an abortion because Medicaid does not cover abortion. Restrictions imposed by the Hyde Amendment are an insurmountable barrier to obtaining an abortion for women.