It’s official. The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
We are as outraged and heartbroken as you are. While we have been actively preparing for this moment, it’s never easy to see the government take human rights away from millions of people. Unfortunately, this will not be something we can quickly fix through federal legislation. But at MSFC, we know that our members and supporters are the leaders we need to organize our way through this. We have some action steps that you can take today to help us fight to increase access to abortion education, ensuring that medical students in the United States have the opportunity to continue receiving education and training in abortion and family planning.
Step 1: Write to Your Medical School: If you are a current or former medical student, your voice is crucial in this conversation, and the medical school you attended is more likely to listen. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a template you can send to your dean, asking them to publicly declare their intention to keep abortion and family planning education accessible to all medical students.
Step 2: Seek Trusted Sources: During these challenging times, reaching out and sharing accurate information is essential. We recommend the Center for Reproductive Rights and Rewire.News for fact-based analysis of this decisions.
Step 3: Become a Monthly Supporter: Our work will require sustained action and even more resources, with tailored guidance based on specific restrictions in individual states. To help us continue to support medical students facing unprecedented challenges in the US, please consider becoming a monthly supporter. Even a small monthly gift is helpful, and MSFC staff will work diligently to ensure your money is continuously activated to maximize impact.
Although we strongly object to the Supreme Court’s decision, we find inspiration in the words of MSFC’s founder, Dr. Jody Steinauer, “Everyone can play a part in making it easier for people to serve their communities as abortion providers.” While activists work to build a movement that supports the human rights of all people, Medical Students for Choice will continue to educate and train future physicians and ensure future access to care. We will continue to be in touch in the weeks to come.
Executive Director, Medical Students for Choice