Students Re-Think College Plans in States With Abortion Bans - U.S. News
Check this map for 6,559 schools including colleges, universities, junior colleges, trade schools and more. It also features the 18 Republican led states that have banned abortions - including several that have no exceptions for rape victims. How many rapes have been reported in that state? Who leads the Republican war on women in that state? Will that be the best environment for you to study?
Students Re-Think Their College Plans
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide has some students rethinking their higher education plans as states rush to ban or curtail abortion, according to interviews with 20 students and college advisers across the country.
While it has long been the case that some students hesitated to attend schools in places with different political leanings than their own, recent moves by conservative states on issues such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights have deepened the country's polarization. For some students, the restrictions raise fears that they won't be able to get an abortion if they need one or that they will face discrimination for gender differences. Others said they worried about facing racial prejudice or being politically ostracized.
But in the wake of Roe's overturn, college counselors said abortion has figured prominently in many conversations with clients, with some going as far as nixing their dream schools. "Some of our students have explicitly stated that they will not apply to colleges and universities in states which may infringe on their access to reproductive rights," said Daniel Santos, chief executive of the Florida college counseling company Prepory. - U.S. News
Rape Statistics by State 2023
In the United States, about 43.6% of women experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). About 21.3% of women surveyed reported completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives, with 1.2% reporting completed or attempted rape in the 12 months preceding the survey. About 81.3% of female victims experienced their first completed or attempted rape before the age of 25." - World Population Review
Tracking the States Where Abortion Is Now Banned
Most abortions are now banned in 13 states following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Georgia also bans abortion at about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. - NY Times
The prohibition is among the most restrictive in the country, and Florida will no longer be a destination for women from across the Deep South seeking the procedure. The new ban is among several sweeping and divisive measures adopted over the past month by the Florida Legislature... The governor has signed laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit and broadly expanding school vouchers. State senators passed a bill banning medication and surgery for children seeking gender transitions and another prohibiting children from attending certain drag shows. - NY Times
TakeAway: Choose your college carefully. Pick a safe, nurturing school that reflects your values. There are a lot to choose from.
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