If you think that the United States is doing fairly well in reproductive rights, you’re thinking wrong. A recent report card by non-profit gender equality organization The Population Institute suggests that most of the nation isn’t doing so hot.
The group criticizes states based on a handful of criteria: the effectiveness of their efforts, ability to prevent unwanted sexual contact (through mandatory and accurate sex education and access to emergency contraception), affordability (which seems to rely on federal plans for insurance), and access to women’s health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood. Of all 50 states and Washington D.C., 19 failed, and only four received A to A+ grades. The 19 that failed primarily consist of Midwestern and Southern states, while the four that did extraordinarily well – California, New Jersey, Washington, and Oregon – are almost exclusively on the West Coast.
As a whole, the country got a D+—noted for conversational hostility about reproductive rights and health and Congressional efforts to defund teen pregnancy prevention efforts. How’s your state doing?
Cover image courtesy of Shutterstock.