Conservatives love to claim that abortion is at the root of every problem in the country. High divorce rates? Abortion! Decline of moral standards? Abortion! The success of Glee? Definitely abortion. But a detailed analysis of abortion rates across the U.S. blows that theory out of the (holy) water.
The Atlantic's Richard Florida, along with Charlotta Mellander and Zara Matheson from the Martin Prosperity Institute, mapped the geography of abortion and found that you get very different conclusions depending on whether you consider the states in which abortions actually occur or the percentage of abortions obtained by out of state residents; thirty-seven states are below the national average of 19.1 abortions per 1,000 women, but that may be because women have to travel to other states to get the services they need. The scariest map of all shows the percent of counties that don't have an abortion provider:
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