Getting the best reproductive health care could depend on where you live with many states across the US lacking in availability and quality of services, new data shows.
Several US states, mainly in the south of the country scored poorly for their reproductive health services, according to a recent report by the Population Institute.
In its annual report card on reproductive health and rights for 2014, a number of states across the US, 15 states in fact, got a score of F. These states included Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.
The report took into account various criteria across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Some of the areas evaluated included data on rates of teen and unintended pregnancy, access to sex education and emergency contraception as well as affordability/coverage.
Some of the top ranking states, only 4 of which got a score of A, include California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. It was also noted that while the national average score is a C, none of the southern states earned higher than that.