Michelmore on Roe v. Wade fallout

July 1, 2022 University Business

Last week's reversal of Roe v. Wade will have pervasive effects on U-M's campus, said Associate Professor Katherine Michelmore to University Business.

“There are going to be fewer women that are going to end up getting college degrees,” said Michelmore. “More women are going to be deterred from higher education because they’re going to have unplanned pregnancies and be forced to carry them to term. It has cascading effects: worse job prospects in the future, reduced economic outcomes and more likely dependence on social safety net programs. I can imagine a lot of women making decisions about where to go to college based on what the state abortion access is like.”