US NEWS: Harris meets with college and university leaders to discuss abortion decisions

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 – Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with U.S. college and university leaders on Monday to discuss the challenges facing students after the Supreme Court’s recent decision to end a nationwide constitutional right to abortion.

Harris, who has now held more than half a dozen meetings on reproductive rights with key stakeholders, will focus on what universities are doing to protect student health after the court ruling, according to a White House official who did not want to. to be identified.

President Joe Biden said on August 3 that the Supreme Court and Republicans “have no idea” about the power of American women as he signed a second executive order aimed at protecting abortion rights.

The order came a day after Kansas voters rejected an effort to remove abortion protections from the state constitution. The vote was a clear victory for the abortion rights movement in the first national election test since the Supreme Court ruling.

Limited access to abortion services has a greater impact on college-aged women, the White House said.

College students in states with abortion bans will face many barriers to seeking care, including financial and time constraints due to academic obligations. Historically, the nation’s black colleges and universities are concentrated in states that have already restricted or are likely to restrict access to abortion, according to the White House.

The average cost of abortion drugs ranges from $300 to $750, and the cost of procedural abortions can reach up to $1,500 without insurance, according to data shared by the White House.

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics shared by the White House, student-parents are 10 times less likely to graduate college on time compared to their childless peers.

Participants from Dartmouth College, City University of New York, Tennessee State University, Oberlin College, Howard University, Reed College, and the University of California-Irvine will attend the meeting.

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