Richard Florida visualizes the geography of abortion:
Nearly nine in 10 (87 percent) of U.S. counties, home to more than one-third of women of reproductive age, lacked any abortion providers, according to a 2011 study. Nearly all non-metropolitan counties (97 percent), and roughly seven in 10 metropolitan counties lacked a provider. There are 26 states where 90 percent of counties lack an abortion provider.
Kay Steiger sighs:
States are continuing to pass more and more hurdles to abortion access, resulting in a situation in which women with means find abortion annoying and women without means find abortion impossible.
Take states which are increasingly creating multi-visit requirements for abortions. Such requirements are much more burdensome on women who work hourly jobs with inflexible leave policies. Each visit to the clinic requires finding child care, a replacement worker, a time off request from her boss, and transit. For poor women, these are not insignificant hurdles.
Via The Daily Dish.