Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Shuang Zhang


Health data indicates that there is a large discrepancy between the infant mortality rate among different racial groups. Research attributes this disparity to unequal access to health care and services, but the literature defining this relationship has been ultimately inconclusive. This paper expands on past literature by exploring a relationship between state funding for Medicaid through abortion services and infant mortality rate. My results show that limiting funding for abortion services has a much greater impact on the health of black infants than white infants, as this policy increases the black infant mortality rate by 2.214 (p< 0.01) and only increases the white infant mortality rate by .657 (p