Mapping Our Rights

Via Pam, you’ve got to check out this new website, Mapping Our Rights: Navigating Discrimination Against Women, Men and Families, which ranks the 50 states based on their treatment of reproductive and sexual rights, and their support of families. “Mapping Our Rights illustrates how different state policies affect who we can marry, when or whether we can have children, and if we have access to health care or social security benefits.”

South Dakota is, unsurprisingly, ranked #50. My state, Indiana, also scrapes the bottom of the barrel at #49.

Indiana received 100 penalty points on the following filters:

~ Abortion method bans (also known as ‘partial-birth’ abortion bans)
~ Mandatory counseling before abortion
~ Mandatory waiting period before abortion
~ Mandatory parental involvement in minors’ abortions
~ TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) laws
~ Abortion coverage under the Medicaid program
~ Contraceptive equity in private insurance
~ Medicaid coverage of family planning services
~ Confidential family planning services for minors
~ Emergency contraception (EC) in the emergency room
~ Emergency contraception (EC) pharmacy access
~ Hate crimes legislation for LGBT Community
~ DOMA (Defense of Marriage Acts) and similar constitutional amendments
~ Same-sex marriage laws
~ Abstinence-only education
~ Legal status of midwifery
~ State constitutional guarantee of equal rights for men and women (ERA)
~ “Conscience” or refusal clauses
~ Fetal endangerment laws
~ Fetal homicide laws

Indiana received 50 penalty points on the following filters:

~ Introduced: Ban on abortion except to save a woman’s life
~ Lack of protection or restriction: Second-parent/Step-parent adoption by same-sex partners
Serious suckitude. How does your state do?

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