The Geography of Abortion Access

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This interactive map, compiled by data journalists Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow at The Daily Beast, takes a look at access to abortions in America today, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Jan. 22, 1973 decision on Roe v. Wade.

Scroll over any area of the map to see details about restrictions in that area, and a pink line will appear showing the distance from that point to the nearest abortion clinic. Use the “Points of interest” buttons to see standout cases that illustrate how abortion access varies drastically in different areas of the country. The “Legal restrictions of nearest clinic” buttons show different impediments to getting an abortion, including waiting periods, mandatory counseling and insurance restrictions. Check the “Show female population” overlay to see where women are geographically concentrated, and move the slider in the top-center box to see which clinics provide services late into pregnancy. You can also hit “view full screen” to enlarge the visualization.

[The Daily Beast, used with permission.]

See the Guttmacher Institute website for more state by state details regarding abortion and unintended pregnancy.

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  • Lavalava

    The pro-choice people need to know that the anti-choice/pro-life people are fanatics, some religious some not, that will NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT. So we pro-choice people need to continue to fight the good fight!!!

  • Kerrie Wrye

    How might this whole topic be impacted with the recent “win” concerning the inclusion of female soldiers in combat?

  • Ruby

    This looks like a map of population only slightly skewed by political spectrum. Did I miss something?

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  • Suzann Fulbright

    The white areas … is that where redneck America lives?