Kaplan Survey: Nearly Half of Aspiring Doctors Say Abortion Rights Ruling Will Impact Where They Apply to Medical School

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Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190

New York, NY (November 1, 2022) ⁠— A new Kaplan survey of more than 300 pre-med students across the country finds that the Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision holding that the Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” protecting a woman’s choice to have an abortion, may have a significant impact on the educational paths of aspiring physicians*.

Nearly half say the decision will affect their choice of where to apply to medical school, with 26 percent saying it probably will and 21 percent saying it definitely will; 17 percent say it will probably not affect their decision; 9 percent say it will definitely not affect their decision; and 27 percent say the ruling may or may not impact their decision.

Among those who say the ruling will make a difference in where they apply, opinions run strong:

  • “The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade deeply impacts how I feel about certain states and especially working within healthcare in that area.”
  • “I refuse to apply to any medical school in states where women don’t have rights to their bodies.”
  • “It would be important to me to be in an area where access to abortion is not restricted so that I can learn about such procedures.”

Those who say the ruling will not impact their decisions told us the following:

  • “I would like to go to a school that is the best fit for me. No matter their stance on reproductive healthcare.”
  • “I will still evaluate which med schools I apply to based on other factors that are more relevant to me.”
  • “A med school’s beliefs do not define my own. I’m looking for the best education.”

“It’s clear from our survey results that the Supreme Court’s decision is causing waves among pre-medical students, since this issue intersects both science and, for many, deeply held moral views — both for those who are pro-choice and those who are pro-life. Pre-meds are not only very career-focused, but we see an increasingly strong strain of social activism among them on a variety of issues. Over the next few years, we’ll see how this particular issue impacts actual application and enrollment numbers,” said Jennifer Moore, executive director of pre-med programs, Kaplan.

Reporters interested in covering Kaplan’s survey results can contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

*Based on results of an e-survey conducted between September and October 2022 of 328 pre-med students who took an MCAT® course with Kaplan. Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders.

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