Reproductive rights continue to be an arena of debate in this country; and the 26th annual Who Decides? report from NARAL shows just how endangered reproductive rights are in the United States right now. NARAL, a pro-choice organization, releases the report every year, looking at both legislation and state and federal court rulings on reproductive rights all over the nation. They rate each state individually on a scale from "total access" to reproductive healthcare to "severely restricted access," and then rate the country as a whole. Their recent findings don't paint a perfect picture; in fact, President Ilyse Hogue told Cosmo, "The state of the reproductive union continues to get bleaker and bleaker," adding that with the upcoming administration, "we could possibly be facing a public healthcare crisis in this country."
The overall perspective is a sad one: Our access to reproductive care is "more threatened now than at any time since the passage of Roe v. Wade," Hogue said.
No state in this country was rated with a "total access" label; however, California, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii all fell under "strongly protected." Overall, 16 states and the District of Colombia passed 30 pro-choice measures last year.
Why, then, did our country as a whole get rated as "restricted access" in NARAL's annual report? These facts directly from the report itself paint the full picture — and it's a disturbing one indeed.