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Some Students Allegedly Choosing Colleges Based on State Abortion Laws

Some Students Allegedly Choosing Colleges Based on State Abortion Laws

“Shortly after the decision was leaked several people, including former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and activist Amy Siskind, wondered how the decision would affect college students.”

If this is what’s driving your college choice decision, maybe you’re not going to college for the right reasons.

This article is from Teen Vogue, so take from that what you will:

Abortion and College Admissions: Roe v. Wade Decision Makes Students Reconsider School Choices

For 13-year-old Alena, receiving acceptance to the University of Alabama (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine through an early assurance program was a dream come true. Alena, whose passion “is to create a space for girls of color in STEM” and some might call a prodigy, is already dual-enrolled in bachelor’s programs (and on full scholarships) at Oakwood University in Alabama and Arizona State University. UAB is on her list of top medical schools.

It might be too bad for UAB. “Right now, if the leaked decision stands, I would not consider going to school in a state where abortion is against the law,” Alena, tells Teen Vogue. “This matters to me.” (Alena, a minor, preferred to only use her legal first name).

She’s not alone. The Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion legislation that has been law for almost 50 years, will transform so many aspects of daily life in the United States. One will likely be college enrollments. Young people who can get pregnant may reconsider going to school in places where abortion is banned or severely restricted. The choice will likely be particularly agonizing for low-income students, who are less able to afford to travel to seek care in states that still provide the procedure.

Shortly after the decision was leaked several people, including former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and activist Amy Siskind, wondered how the decision would affect college students. McCaskill, a former prosecutor and University of Missouri alumnus, says that the state of Missouri has gone to an “extreme place,” pushing legislation to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest and even criminalize physicians.

“If a state does not tell a young woman that they are entitled to terminate a pregnancy after a rape, I’m not sure I’d be spending my money on education in that state,” McCaskill tells Teen Vogue.

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Comments

henrybowman | June 15, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Why spend all that time shopping for a “party school” unless you can… y’know… PARTY?

“Alena, whose passion “is to create a space for girls of color in STEM”

In other words, a progressive activist, not a serious scientist.
Alabama is dodging a bullet. Don’t change a thing.

    hrhdhd in reply to henrybowman. | June 16, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    If she were a serious scientist, she’d know how not to get pregnant. Heck, I figured it out and I’m not a scientist.

How to choose a college:

1. Is it woke?
2. A joke?
3. And do they do coke?

If yes to all of the above:

1. Then go for broke!

The_Mew_Cat | June 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm

Serious students won’t pick a college based on state abortion laws. But if you are looking for a party school, it could (and should) matter.

drednicolson | June 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm

A child should not suffer for the sins of the father. Killing the child of rape in the womb is another wrong that won’t make the original wrong right. Carry the child to term, provide for adoption if you cannot bear to raise him/her yourself, and let some good come from the evil you endured.

Eh. Everyone has criteria important to them. My kid was looking for music, Theater, acting, and no crazy CRT driven program. That last bit was the hard part.

Predatory males will definitely want to avoid colleges in states with restrictive abortion laws. I wonder if female students will figure out that this will make it safer for them in those states.

Colleges could offer a tuition discount or maybe an elective course for voluntary sterilization a part of the standard offering.

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