Many elite New York students are no longer considering colleges in states that recently passed stringent regulations on abortion, according to The New York Post.
“I’ve had 61 college-admission clients remove Georgia and Ohio schools from their list for next year,” said Amanda Uhry, a private-school admissions consultant in New York City.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri have passed “heartbeat bills” this year, which ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (about 6 weeks into pregnancy). In April, Alabama lawmakers passed a bill that imposes sentences of up to 99 years in prison for doctors who perform the procedure.
The stringent reproductive health laws were a deal breaker, said Eliza Bender, a Horace Mann junior who added she will no longer consider Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).
The governor of Missouri, where WUSTL is located, signed a bill on Friday that would prohibit abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy.
Part of the concern is that students will not be able to obtain an abortion near the school if they become pregnant, said Uhry. “People are shocked and scared. What are we going to do if we send our daughter there and she gets pregnant?” she added.
Some parents are also afraid that recent regulations reflect a lack of concern for women’s health. “If the legislators passed those laws, they won’t be friendly legislators for women in general,” added Ellen Bender, Eliza’s mother.