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Study: Highway 281 isanti-abortion heartland

By Northern Plains News

Both sides of U.S. Highway 281 are anti-abortion territory, according to a recent study by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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In fact, the Dakotas sit atop the six-state stack in the middle of the country stretching from North Dakota to Texas — U.S. 281’s route — that is the literal center of the anti-abortion movement.

These six Plains states —North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — are the heart of the 21 states where abortion opponents control the legislature and the governorship, according to NARAL.

Northern Plains states Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming and Montana have “mixed” governorships and legislatures regarding abortion rights and restrictions.

The seven abortion rights “friendly” states are all on the Coasts, with the exception of Colorado. Hawaii, California and Oregon are on the West flank and Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts are on the East flank, according to the study.