Nearly half of women who have abortions live below the federal poverty level

A wave of anti-abortion bills in Missouri, Georgia and Alabama has reignited the debate about one of the country’s most contentious issues.

Such restrictions aren’t just about limiting when and under what circumstances women can get abortions — these laws can also affect how much the procedure costs, research suggests. Meanwhile, those who are denied the procedure fare worse economically, some studies have shown.

Missouri’s Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill early Thursday seeking to ban abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy. Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation’s restrictive abortion law just one day earlier, making it a felony to perform abortions in most cases.

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