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  • Cyrus Beschloss

Young women shifting how they live and love in the post-Roe era

Young women will likely change their sexual behavior, their pregnancy prevention protocol and even where they live.

Generation Lab | Cyrus Beschloss

The one-sentence summary: When a place makes abortion illegal or inaccessible, people are going to change their behavior.

The one-paragraph summary: In the era when Roe reigned, a map of abortion access in the United States might have looked like a bird's eye view of the Atlantic Ocean -- some parts dark blue, some parts light blue, but the whole ocean is blue. Now, that map of abortion access might look more like a 50-patch quilt. Now, young Americans will self-segregate into the patch of the quilt that fits their abortion outlook. And some who find themselves in a state that restricts abortion will change their sexual behavior -- oftentimes having sex less often, and with specific type of partner.

The summary report:

Axios Snap Report
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The key questions:

  • How much would a state's abortion laws influence where you choose to live?

  • If the state where you live bans abortions, will that impact your sexual choices?

  • How do you feel about the ruling?

Here's what we found:

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How we see it:

1) The Supreme Court ruled that there is no underlying right to an abortion in America. That ruling leaves it up to each state to make its own laws.

2) Socially-conservative states enact restrictive abortion laws, and socially-liberal states enact more open abortion laws.

3) People who want the ability to get an abortion will (more likely) choose a state that allows it.

So: it logically follows that as states ban and restrict abortion, we might see a new generation of people who want abortion access packing more deliberately into the (smaller) geographic space whether that access exists.

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Axios July Final Results (3)
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The Methodology: This study was conducted July 6-11 from a representative sample of 843 young people, ages 18-29 (472 female and 371 male). The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points. The Generation Lab conducts polling using a demographically representative sample frame of young people around the country, across educational, racial, political, geographic, gender and economic backgrounds.