Arkansas Ranks 24th in Trying to Reduce Unwanted Pregnancies

MARCH 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas ranks 24th in a recent study of each state's commitment to reducing unwanted pregnancies.

The Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization that does reproductive health research, considered each state's efforts to serve women in need of contraceptive services, the allocation of public funds for family planning, and laws and policies that promote access to contraceptive information and services.

According to the study, California, Alaska, South Carolina, Alabama, and New York ranked highest.  Nebraska, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio and Utah ranked at the bottom.

In Arkansas, all 75 counties had at least one family planning clinic in 2001.  Arkansas spent $109 per woman in need of contraceptive services that year, compared to the national rate of $79 per woman.  California, the top-ranking state, spent $124 per woman in need of contraceptive services.