CONTRACEPTION FROM ALABAMA TO WYOMING….How does your state rank in providing easy access to contraception and family planning services? Not good enough, says the Guttmacher Institute:
Guttmacher’s president and CEO, Sharon Camp, warned that obstacles to contraception at the state level could derail efforts, dating from the Clinton administration, to cut the rate of unintended pregnancies by 40 percent by 2010.
….”We need to be making contraception easy for women, but in many states we’re actually making it harder,” said Camp. “When effective contraceptive use rises, abortion rates go down.”
The full report is here. State rankings are below the fold. The top five include California and New York (no surprise) and Alabama, South Carolina, and Alaska (surprise!). Overall, the rankings clearly don’t follow the red/blue divide you’d expect. Peculiar.