Final Project: Lillian Pearce and Victoria Kaltalioglu
Abortion & Education Data Sets
CM 5018

Our process of collecting data started with brainstorming potential correlations between abortion bans in the United States and other topics related to education. We chose to focus on the United States because we were curious about how the overturning of Roe v. Wade (which eliminated the federal right to abortion) in June of 2022 related to other areas of American life.

One year before the overturning of Roe v. Wade, in January 2021, “44 states introduced bills or [took] other steps that would restrict teaching critical race theory or limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism” (EdWeek). We thought the topic of critical race theory (CRT) was of interest for how CRT issues are labeled “controversial,” much like the topic of abortion in the United States.

We began by collecting data on each state’s position on abortion; in particular, we researched which states banned abortion and in which states abortion remains legal following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We found data from The Guardian, which sourced from the “Center of Reproductive Rights, Abortion finder, and state statues.” We then imported this data into a google sheet.

Next, we collected data on the states that have restricted teaching CRT and limited discussions of racism and sexism. EducationWeek compiled data from state legislature websites, which we imported into the same google sheet as our abortion data.

Then, using conditional formatting on Google sheets, we attempted to find correlations between states that have banned abortion and that have limited teaching CRT.

Finally, we imported this data into Flourish in order to visualize our findings on a projection map of the United States.

Below, you will find three maps: the first map demonstrates which states have banned abortion, which states have legalized abortion, and which states do not currently have concrete abortion legislation (which we labeled as TBD, or “to be determined”). The second map demonstrates the spread of CRT restrictions across the United States, using the same key terms as the abortion map. Finally, the third map compiles this data to demonstrate correlations between states that banned abortion and restrict teaching CRT and states that have legalized abortion and have not restricted CRT. You will note that some states have limitations on one but not both of these subjects.

"In 1973, the court had ruled in Roe v Wade that pregnant women were entitled to an abortion during the first three months of their pregnancy, while allowing for legal restrictions and bans in the second and third trimester. Now the court has overturned that earlier ruling, effectively making it possible for states to ban abortions earlier than 12 weeks. Abortion will not automatically become illegal in the US - but individual states will now be allowed to decide if and how to allow abortions."