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Of the 50 states, New York and New Mexico do the best job of respecting LGBT and reproductive rights, while South Dakota does the worst, according to the new Web site MappingOurRights.org.

Of the 50 states, New York and New Mexico do the best job of respecting LGBT and reproductive rights, while South Dakota and Ohio tie for doing the worst, according to a new Web site. Those are among the findings on the interactive map unveiled Wednesday and jointly developed by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the international reproductive health organization Ipas, and the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. The "Mapping Our Rights" project ranks each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., on the basis of more than 20 criteria related to LGBT and reproductive rights, including whether same-sex couples can legally adopt, whether there are antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians, and whether health care providers can deny services because of their personal beliefs. Visitors to the Web site can click on each state to see where it ranks and why.

"Historically, the United States has represented ideals of liberty and equality for much of the world," Leila Hessini, senior policy adviser for Ipas, said in a statement. "But as this project demonstrates, that freedom often depends on the state you call home."

Added Jason Cianciotto, research director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute: "The relationship between reproductive rights and the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is clear. From the right to control our own bodies to access to fertility technology to the application of scientifically based approaches to HIV/AIDS, people of every sexual orientation and gender identity share the most basic human concerns and goals." The Web site can be found at www.mappingourrights.org. (The Advocate)

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