Millions of women in the United States live in what are referred to as “contraceptive deserts”, or places without reasonable access to a full range of contraceptive services and supplies. This means they may have to travel more than an hour or more in order to get to a health center that serves their contraceptive needs. Some states are better than others at providing access to birth control.
This infographic from YourLawyer.com analyzes which states offer the best and worst birth control access to women in need of publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies. The state with the best birth control access in the United States is Illinois, with just 15.39% percent of women in need of publicly funded contraception living in contraceptive deserts. Coming in last on the list is Arizona, where 33.60% of women in need live in contraceptive deserts — nearly double the percentage of Illinois.
Which state’s ranking was most surprising to you?