August 27, 2015 — In today's graphics, see the disparity in access to abortion care across the U.S. We also look at which states permit funds from specialty license plates with antiabortion-rights messaging to be allocated to crisis pregnancy centers.
Accessing Abortion Providers
In this interactive map, the New York Times' "The Upshot" provides a snapshot of the average distance between each county in the U.S. and the nearest abortion clinic. The map highlights the long distances women in some of parts of the country, such as Texas, have to travel to access abortion care.
"The Upshot" further examines Texas in additional maps included in the story, showing how the partial implementation of the antiabortion-rights bill HB 2 increased the distances between the state's counties and the nearest clinics and how full implementation also would increase the cost of the procedure (Soffen, "The Upshot," New York Times, 8/19).
States Fund CPCs Through Antiabortion-Rights License Plates
This map, compiled with data from the Guttmacher Institute, spotlights the 29 states that offer specialty license plates with antiabortion-rights messaging.
According to "XX Factor," 15 of those states use proceeds from the license plate sales to help fund anti-abortion organizations or crisis pregnancy centers, which aim to deter women from accessing abortion care. In one ongoing case, American Civil Liberties Union is suing North Carolina for permitting the antiabortion-rights plates without offering an abortion-rights alternative, thereby engaging in "viewpoint discrimination" (Kirk, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/28).
How Planned Parenthood Allocates Funding
According to data from Planned Parenthood's 2013-2014 annual report, the organization uses its revenue primarily to fund contraception services, as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Meanwhile, the remaining revenue -- about 24% overall -- is used to provide cancer screenings and prevention, abortion care, other women's health care, and other services (Ross, "The Fix," Washington Post, 8/4).