Maddie Larkin, Brianna Wenande and Madi Sundlof are students at the University of Minnesota Medical School. They are board members of UMN Twin Cities chapter of Medical Students for Choice.
Throughout our first year of medical school, we discuss ethical principles in medicine, often portrayed as four pillars: nonmaleficence, autonomy, justice and beneficence. Generally, the law protects providers and patients who operate under these principles. If we are working in the best interests of our patients and granting them the autonomy they deserve, we are on the right side of the law. The threat to the right to abortion promises to tear that framework apart. Overturning Roe v. Wade would make it illegal in many states to practice ethical medicine.