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:
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:
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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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.