Students returning to college are confronting a new reality in states such as Texas, Ohio and Indiana: Abortion, an option for an unplanned pregnancy when they were last on campus, has since been banned, often with few exceptions.
Students said they’ve made changes both public and intimate since the U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
Students said they’re using more birth control, and some have made a plan to leave the state for an abortion if they become pregnant.
They’re also taking public stances, with increased activism by both opponents and supporters of abortion rights.
Conversations about the changing landscape of abortion access seem to have dwindled since early summer, said Brian Roseboro, a senior at Ohio State University who’s from Montclair, New Jersey.
But the 21-year-old, who’s single, said the new law is making him more careful and conscious about using contraception this year.
“I’m definitely thinking about it way more,” Roseboro said.
Ohio State University said the ruling doesn’t change the services provided by its Student Health Services or its medical center, noting Ohio already prohibited state institutions from performing elective abortions.
It also doesn’t affect how OSU’s Title IX office handles reports of sexual assault.