“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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