Where Reproductive Rights Stand in the States, in 6 Maps
No state has a better track record on reproductive rights than Oregon, according to a new report.
Seven states and the District received the highest grade, an A-, based on nine indicators chosen by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a think thank that promotes women’s rights, which did the report as part of its Status of Women in the States series. Ten states earned B’s, 20 earned C’s, nine earned D’s and four states — South Dakota, which ranked last, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho — received F’s. The Northeast and the West are home to the highest grades, while the South and Midwest scored lowest.
Oregon earned the highest marks, up from 19th in the nation in 2004, when the series was first published. Its top ranking is the result of, among other things: the accessibility to, funding for and political support of abortion; the availability of sex education; and the state’s recognition of same-sex marriage.