Visualizing the future of women’s health if Roe v. Wade is overturned

How do we best visually communicate the gravity and impact of the case currently under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court?

Map: Thomas Oide and Sara Wise of Axios | Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database

“Data visualization is a language. It’s a means to convey an opinion, an argument.” — Kim Rees, Periscopic

Ok, ok. Back to the viz. Many choropleth maps of the U.S. show state-level detail (or less commonly, region-level). Since these are state laws, the visualization designers could have chosen to show the data at the state level, but the deeper county level data is much more effective, revealing the nuances of the story. This is especially true in the interactive version of the map where the tooltips provide even more information. County-level detail helps to distinguish areas of states with relatively good access to abortion versus areas in the same state with poorer access (New Mexico is an example, with good access in the central portion of the state near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and not-so-good access in the eastern and — to a lesser extent — western portions of the state).



Data analytics, data visualization, cute photos of my dogs, vegan baking tips, bonus colorful language. I’ll probably also rant about healthcare policy, mental health (in general and my own), yoga, and interoperability. NOW DOESN’T THAT SOUND FUN?! YES, IT DOES.

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data visualization developer | Tableau Social Ambassador | community builder | dog mom | vegan | yoga | mental health advocate with ADHD & C-PTSD