Saturday, June 03, 2006

Mapping Our Rights

A new website tracks reproductive and sexual rights by state. Ipas, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective collaborated to come up with a database evaluating access to abortion and contraception, LGBT issues, and other concerns such as abstinence-only sex education programs. (I am reliably informed that the mathematics behind such an enterprise is interesting and complex. After that, my eyes glazed over.)

It's easy to see how your own state ranks on these issues, but there's more information tucked in the data available here. For example, there seems to be a clear positive correlation between states with abstinence-only sex education and with high teen pregnancy rates. We knew this, of course, but here's some data to support what we expected.

Go here to see the U.S. map: Sexual Rights Map. Click on your state to get more in-depth information. (You are going to have to recognize the shape of your state. Please don't let this turn into a rant about the state of geographical literacy and the quality of education in this country.) Then let me know what you're thinking!

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