10 Ways the 2012 Presidential Election Will Affect College Students

Abortion and Birth Control

If Romney Wins: Despite once being pro-choice, Romney is now a strict opponent of abortion. He has said he aims to see Roe v. Wade revisited by the Supreme Court, and would advocate for its reversal if elected in favor of leaving the issue to the states. Romney and Ryan will oppose a federal provision for contraception, and federal support for Planned Parenthood as a whole. For students looking to get birth control, this will create serious problems.

If Obama Wins: The President is staunchly pro-choice, an avid supporter of abortion rights. He says women should have control over decisions that affect their own health. A provision in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” requires that workplace health plans cover the cost of birth control. Don’t expect him to waver on his landmark achievement.

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