What Alabama’s strict abortion law could mean for women’s financial well-being

Alabama has passed the country’s most restrictive abortion law after state lawmakers approved outlawing the procedure even in cases of rape or incest. The law, which Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed Wednesday, was designed to set up a U.S. Supreme Court battle that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that effectively legalized abortion.

Aside from the broader political ramifications, the new law could have financial implications in the lives of individual women, some research suggests. Women who were turned away after seeking an abortion were more likely to experience poverty for years afterward, a 2018 study found.

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