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Table 1 Sample characteristics and characteristics associated with reporting Medicaid as a reason for not having an abortion

From: Estimating the proportion of Medicaid-eligible pregnant women in Louisiana who do not get abortions when Medicaid does not cover abortion

  Total
% (N)
Medicaid population
% (N)
Medicaid as a reason (Medicaid population denominator)
% (N)
P-value among Medicaid population
   Yes No
N 265 167 12 155  
Age      0.50
 Age (mean) 27 27 26 27  
Race/ethnicity      0.87
 White 8% (22) 11% (19) 8% (1) 12% (18)  
 Black 72% (190) 74% (124) 75% (9) 74% (115)  
 Hispanic/Latina 15% (39) 10% (16) 8% (1) 10% (15)  
 Other/Multi 5% (14) 5% (8) 8% (1) 4% (7)  
Parity      0.51
 0 35% (94) 33% (55) 17% (2) 34% (53)  
 1 26% (68) 25% (41) 33% (4) 24% (37)  
 2 or more 39% (103) 42% (71) 50% (6) 42% (65)  
Education      0.03
 Less than HS 25% (65) 23% (39) 42% (5) 22% (34)  
 HS or GED 48% (127) 48% (80) 58% (7) 47% (73)  
 Some or completed College 28% (73) 29% (48) 0% (0) 31% (48)  
Currently employed      0.23
 No 52% (137) 55% (91) 75% (9) 53% (82)  
 Yes 48% (126) 45% (75) 25% (3) 47% (72)  
Public assistance      0.52
 No 35% (92) 26% (44) 33% (4) 26% (40)  
 Yes 65% (169) 74% (123) 67% (8) 74% (115)  
Food insecure      0.07
 No 50% (133) 52% (87) 25% (3) 54% (84)  
 Yes 50% (131) 48% (80) 75% (9) 46% (71)  
Housing insecure      0.20
 No 67% (176) 68% (114) 50% (6) 70% (108)  
 Yes 33% (88) 32% (53) 50% (6) 30% (47)  
Relationship      0.003
 Husband/fiancé 29% (76) 26% (44) 0% (0) 28% (44)  
 Boyfriend/partner 51% (135) 53% (88) 42% (5) 54% (83)  
 Ex/friend/none/don’t know 20% (53) 21% (35) 58% (7) 18% (28)  
Alcohol use disorder risk      < 0.001
 No 76% (200) 75% (125) 25% (3) 79% (122)  
 Yes 24% (64) 25% (42) 75% (9) 21% (33)  
Drug use      0.03
 No 84% (219) 82% (137) 58% (7) 84% (130)  
 Yes 16% (43) 18% (30) 42% (5) 16% (25)  
Tobacco use      0.01
 No 72% (188) 69% (115) 33% (4) 71% (111)  
 Yes 28% (74) 31% (51) 67% (8) 28% (43)