Pro-life or pro-strife?

Pro-life states with strict abortion laws are spending less money to support families and children, making them some of the hardest places to raise a family.

The following is a data investigation into the intersection between the Urban Institute State-by-State Spending on Kids Dataset and research from the Center For Reproductive Rights and the Insitute for Women's Policy Research.

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 28 states banned or restricted access to abortion.

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Scroll through the interactive visuals below to compare pro-choice and pro-life states.

The red cluster represents pro-life states. They spend less on children,and have higher poverty rates.

While the blue cluster represents pro-choice states that spend more on children and generally have lower poverty rates.

The reproductive rights index score include factors such as public insurance coverage, high quality sex education in schools, and access to infertility treatments.

Pro-life states have the weakest maternal and child health outcomes, and they spend significantly less money than pro-choice states taking care of families.

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There is a 26% decrease in spending on education in pro-life states.

Pro-life states spend 23% less on direct payments to families than pro-choice states

Pro-life states spend on average, 16% less than pro-choice states on health and nutrition services.

Pro-life states spend on average, $200 less than pro-choice states on public resources such as libraries and parks.

Housing is by far the category with the biggest difference, with pro-life states spending 61% less than pro-choice states.

So what can we do?

This was a graduate project for the Design Lab: The Industry Challenge course at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Completed by Kelsey Robinson, Linsey Silver, and Michelle Tanner. For methods, please see this document. 12/12/2022