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Abortion ruling may affect where high school students choose to attend college

Several hundred protestors gathered in Dewitt Park in Ithaca Friday to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Megan Zerez/WSKG)
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Some high school students said the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion is playing a role in their own big decision — where they'll go to college.

Ella Reese and her friend Samantha Kager live near Ithaca, where they're both going into the 11th grade. At a rally on Friday protesting the decision overturning Roe v Wade, they said abortion access has become a factor in their plans after graduation.

Reese said she's now more likely to stay in New York after high school.

Kager agreed.

"[The ruling], especially, is making me not want to go far away from here," Kager said. "Especially if I can't have free choice of what I want to do with my own body."

New York governor Kathy Hochul says the state will remain a “safe harbor” for those seeking abortion.

Samantha's mother, Sarah Kager, was also at the protest.

"I know New York State will keep abortion legal," Kager said. "But I worry about these girls and where they'll go and where they'll end up. Perhaps they'll need medical care and be denied it — or worse — charged with a felony? It's absurd."

Ithaca's Common Council is set to vote next week on a new ordinance that would make the city a so-called "sanctuary city" for patients seeking abortion. The ordinance would make it illegal for city employees and law enforcement to cooperate with an out-of-state investigation into people seeking or aiding an abortion.