Pass or Fail? The 2010 Women's Health Report Card

Find out how well American women scored in key areas of health and medicine

Access to an Abortion: Unsatisfactory
The National Women’s Law Center found that more than a third of all women, including those who need abortions due to medical emergencies, do not live in a county with a provider. Only eight states require that private insurers cover contraceptives.

Chlamydia: Unsatisfactory
Another number that has risen: the percentage of women with this sexually transmitted infection rose from 6.3 percent in 2007 to 7.4 percent among women ages 15 to 24.

Maternal Mortality Rate: Unsatisfactory
The risk for maternal death in the U.S. is higher than in 40 other countries and, at 12.1 deaths per 100,000 women, falls short of the U.S. goverment target of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 women.

Infant Mortality Rate: Unsatisfactory
According to the Report Card, mortality rates over the first year of life are an indication of not only the health of the infant, but the entire population. At 6.8 deaths per 100,000 infants, the rate fell somewhat but didn’t meet the 4.5 death traget set by the government.

Overall Life Expectancy: Fail
Japanese women have the highest life expectancy in the world, at 82.8 years. American women will live on average to 77.8, not as long as those in Canada, Greece, Australia and Singapore. You can improve your longevity by eating a healthy diet, maintaining strong relationships with friends and family and finding a sense of purpose.

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