International Safe Abortion Day: Call to Action!

International Safe Abortion Day 2023 marks a crucial moment in our ongoing fight for reproductive justice. This year’s theme, “Call to Action! Unstoppable Movement: Movement building, solidarity, and justice for the right to safe abortion,” resonates deeply with our mission at Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). Access to safe abortion is a human right that must be protected and expanded. The consequences of restricted access are dire, affecting the health, well-being, and autonomy of individuals around the world. We cannot afford to stand idly by while lives are at stake.

Building an Unstoppable Movement

At MSFC, we believe that knowledge is power. By educating ourselves and our communities about the realities of unsafe abortion, we can break down stigma and misinformation. We recognize that the fight for safe abortion is interconnected with other struggles for reproductive justice, gender equality, and social equity.

This International Safe Abortion Day, commit to being a vocal advocate for evidence-based, compassionate reproductive healthcare. Join forces with like-minded organizations and individuals to amplify our collective voice.

Policy Engagement 

Advocate for policies that safeguard the right to safe abortion and engage with local and national lawmakers to make your voice heard. Being a vocal advocate includes supporting legislation that removes barriers to access and working to repeal restrictive laws that endanger lives.

MSFC chapters are taking an active stance in legislative advocacy. The chapter at Creighton University School of Medicine has been sending chapter members to the Capitol to protest bills that could limit reproductive health access. These students are leading by example, demonstrating the importance of engaging in local politics to protect healthcare rights.

Medical students are participating in public hearings, writing letters to senators, and organizing grassroots efforts to raise awareness about the impact of certain bills on healthcare access. They’re showing that healthcare providers, even in training, have a powerful voice in shaping policies that affect patient care.

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine chapter rallied to sustain the veto of SB20 signed by Governor Roy Cooper. UNC attendings and residents joined students.

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine chapter members at the rally to sustain the veto of SB20. Taken from @msfc_uncsom

Providing Supportive Healthcare

Future healthcare professionals are crucial in ensuring access to safe abortion services. By creating safe spaces for dialogue, we can reduce stigma and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their bodies. Foster open, honest conversations about reproductive health within your communities. As you advance in your medical journey, commit to providing non-judgmental, evidence-based care that centers on the autonomy and well-being of your patients.

Promoting Justice and Equity

Recognize and actively work to address the disparities in access to safe abortion care. Advocate for policies and programs prioritizing marginalized communities and ensuring that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, can exercise their right to safe abortion.

Stand up against discrimination and stigma surrounding abortion. Being an impactful advocate includes advocating for comprehensive sexuality education, which empowers individuals with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

Why MSFC’s Work is Relevant

In a world where access to safe abortion is often met with barriers, MSFC’s work is more relevant than ever. We are part of a global movement dedicated to ensuring that every individual has the right to make informed choices about their bodies and futures. Our work directly impacts the lives of those who may otherwise be denied access to safe and legal abortion services.

Medical students during an In-Person Abortion Training Institute learn how to perform a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). Students use the MVA procedure to remove the pulp and seeds, which simulate suctioning the products of conception from the uterus. 

Let’s become an unstoppable force for change. Help us make reproductive healthcare education accessible for all medical students by becoming a sustaining donor by setting up a monthly recurring gift.

We can continue to build a movement grounded in solidarity, compassion, and justice. We are committed to fighting for the right to safe abortion for all. Join us to create a future where every individual has the opportunity to make decisions about their bodies and lives.