Higher Education’s Response to Roe v. Wade
The nation’s colleges and universities continue to respond in the aftermath of last week’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, a historical landmark ruling from 1973 that established a constitutional right to abortion over the past 50 years. Below is a series of recent news highlights on higher education’s response and the potential effects for women in college.
The Washington Post covers a brief lesson on Roe v. Wade’s history and background from nonpartisan sources.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and The Chronicle report on what the supreme court ruling will mean for the reproductive health of college students, particularly medical students. Some are wary that medical schools and residency programs in states where abortion is banned may no longer offer critical instruction on miscarriage management and related emergency procedures.
The Chronicle and Forbes cover whether Roe v. Wade will have implications for women’s decisions about where, or if, to attend college. While some may now be less apt to enroll at schools in states where abortion bans have become certain or likely, others who no longer have access to abortions may not attend college at all.
The Hechinger Report and Politico report on how campuses are preparing for a post-Roe world. For colleges in states in which abortions are likely or certain to be banned, administrators will need to begin making decisions about how, or whether, they will help students with access to sexual and contraceptive health care.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the religious colleges celebrating the demise of Roe v. Wade. While some are publicly celebrating the decision, others have taken a more neutral stance. One religiously-affiliated school, Emory University, also notably condemned the ruling.
Higher Ed Dive covers higher education leaders decrying the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Leaders of the University of California System, as well as those from women’s colleges like Wellesley College and historically Black colleges like Spelman College have spoken out against the ruling.
Eight law students at American University are being investigated by the school for criticizing the leaked draft opinion of Roe v. Wade in a private group chat. A ninth student filed a harassment complaint after feeling that the criticisms in the group chat discriminated against his religious and political beliefs.