Today, the Population Institute issued its warning to America—kid, you’re flunking.
In its latest assessment of reproductive health and rights in the United States, the organization awarded the U.S. an overall D in reproductive health and rights, slipping from the D+ it scored in 2015.
As Republicans in both the GOP-led House and Senate have vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, the Population Institute writes that “the political outlook for 2017 is bleak.” Researchers write that they expect renewed attacks on family planning and reproductive health care access over the next few months, which could be sanctioned in the House and Senate and even in the Supreme Court, to which Donald Trump will soon appoint a new justice.
Overall, only 21 states earned a B- or higher from the Population Institute. And 20 state failed, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and more.
If you live in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, or Washington, congratulations. Your states were the only ones to nab an A. (And since you were wondering, no, New York wasn’t accidentally omitted here. Your liberal bubble—and mine―received a decidedly average B.)
Better get your grades up, America. Or you’re, like, grounded and we’re all doomed.
Read the full report here.
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