Helen Fisher, PhD

How Dating Changed After The End of Roe v Wade


by Cady Lang
Time, November 22 2022

A couple embraces during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health ruling on June 24, 2022. (Brandon Bell—Getty Images)

Politics and social issues have had a major impact on how singles across the U.S. are approaching dating in 2022, with the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision this June having an especially significant effect. According to the 2022 Match Singles in America report, released this week, two out of three single women say they will not date a partner who has opposing views on abortion, and 13% of active daters in the U.S.—about 9.8 million people—have said that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has made them more hesitant to date. Even more people, 20% of respondents, said that the Supreme Court decision will make them more hesitant to have sex. Singles surveyed reported that the top three ways that Roe’s reversal has changed their dating lives have been more condom use, more hesitation around sex, and more fear of pregnancy.