Recently, the Washington-based Population Institute released its second annual report card. The State of Reproductive Health and Rights: 50-State Report Card compares the rankings of U.S. states in reproductive health and rights.
Most of America isn't doing that well. The country scored a C- overall.
Upon release of the report card, the Population Institute’s President Robert Walker told PRNewsWire, "This year we have seen a lot of victories at the national level, but with states limiting the full scope of that progress.”
The report compared information from things such as Congress’ support of family planning programs to what states across the country are doing in regards to reproductive health care.
PRNewsWire said several states are drastically reducing their funding for family planning and restricting funding to providers of contraceptive services.
Using nine criteria, the Population Institute’s report card ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
These criteria included teenage pregnancy rates, sex education programs, access to family planning and abortion services, implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and access to emergency contraception in emergency rooms.
The Population Institute’s report card focused on four indicators relating to reproductive health and rights.
Thirty percent of the grade was based on measures of effectiveness which include the latest available data on the teenage pregnancy rate and the rate of unintended pregnancies.
Twenty percent comes from the state’s promotion of comprehensive sex education in the schools, and whether or not it supports access to emergency contraception in the emergency room.
Thirty percent includes whether states are expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility rules for family planning, and funding for family planning agencies serving low-income families.