79.6 percent

January 9, 2014 | Number of The Day
Population Institute Gives NJ a “B” for Reproductive Rights Policies

It might not seem like a high grade, but it’s one that only 17 states in the country achieved. The Population Institute, a Washington D.C.-based lobbyist group that promotes slow population growth and family planning services, evaluated policies and funding in all 50 states for reproductive rights and health policies. The group awarded New Jersey a 79.6 out of 100, which it calculated as a B.

The country as a whole received a grade of C- and 13 states received a failing grade.

New Jersey got top ratings for its teen pregnancy rate (62 of 1,000 teens over the age of 15); its mandate of sex education in schools; its access to emergency contraception; and its agreement to expand Medicaid and access to abortion clinics. It got knocked for its unintended pregnancy rate of 54 percent; funding for family-planning clinics; and refusal to offer family-planning services under Medicaid. It also got a small reduction due to its requirement that only licensed physicians be allowed to perform abortions.