The Unintended Consequences of US Global Abortion Policy

July 5, 2019

(CNN) – Few public policy issues are as divisive as abortion — and to think that all sides could agree on even one aspect would seem naive. But based on our analysis of global data spanning two decades, we argue that there could yet be such an instance if we were to take the evidence seriously. Our findings published in The Lancet Global Health last Thursday suggest that a major US global abortion policy has striking, important, and unintended consequences in sub-Saharan Africa.

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