“When it comes to getting an abortion, there is a huge gap in the Midwest.”
Susan Wicklund, Author of This Common Secret, My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
In these states, women are earning less and less and the cost of an abortion is often out of reach. Add hours of travel, unpaid time off from work, child care, and the obstacles to getting an abortion for a low-income woman become significant.
These same obstacles keep many women from getting the prenatal and postnatal care they need.
These states are also home to some of the most restrictive and punitive laws curtailing women’s access to reproductive health care, and claim some of the highest teen pregnancy and child poverty rates in the country. Anti-abortion and anti-government activism is heated, high-profile, and often violent. And the women of these regions suffer.