New Research on the Economic Impact of Reproductive Health Care Access

October 27, 2023

After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the Women’s Fund asked, “How does restricting access to reproductive health care impact economic self-sufficiency?” Our immediate goal is to inform and educate the public. Our long-term vision is to ensure women can fully participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. It is our responsibility to focus on the issues that impact women – especially when those issues affect women’s economic mobility.

The Women’s Fund presents here the initial findings and key takeaways from our Reproductive Health Access Project. Produced in partnership with researchers from the University of Cincinnati, and presented with researchers from the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, we explore and explain the relationship between economic self-sufficiency and access to reproductive health care, examining the impacts on both individual self-sufficiency and the state economy more broadly, with a particular focus on recent data from Ohio.

Read the full report on our research page, or download the report PDF directly


The Reproductive Health Access Project is produced in partnership with researchers from the University of Cincinnati and funded in part by generous donors, including Nancy Layne Gilman, Wijdan Jreisat and Patrick Points, and Karl Preissner and Erin Heidrich, and grants from Interact for Health and the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation. The Women’s Fund would like to express our warm appreciation to our research committee and review groups, and especially to the researchers at the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network for their collegiality in providing feedback, sharing resources, and participating in our research events.

Women's Fund Research Release