Today’s top news story on Tidepool.org is an important one for population and health trends in our region. The Vancouver Sun reports that rural women in BC face massive obstacles to reproductive care. Why? Many have to fly to Vancouver for procedures.

What’s more, the province offers universal health coverage, which increases women’s access to medical services. With that in mind, consider the barriers a rural woman must face in the U.S. Northwest, where clinics are few and health care costs are rising dramatically. It’s an overlooked fact that rural women don’t really have much of a choice.