The Teenage Victims of Abortion Bans
With the end of Roe v Wade, we must confront the ways abortion bans will impact our young people. Seventy-five percent of teen pregnancies are unintended, which is why teens are more likely than their adult counterparts to seek abortions. But where abortion is banned, teens will have a harder time than adults in accessing it. Poorer, less mobile, and slower to recognize the signs of pregnancy, in part because their menstrual cycles are less predictable, they will be less likely to have the option of traveling to another state for a legal abortion.
Irina Raicu, director, internet ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Michelle Oberman, Ethics Center faculty scholar and a Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law, published in Slate.