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This doctor commutes 800 miles to provide abortion services in underserved communities

Dec 02, 2021 | By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux in The Washington Post
This article was originally published in The Washington Post on December 2, 2021. You can access the original article here:

Featuring MSFC Executive Director, Pamela Merritt.

Pamela Merritt, executive director of the nonprofit Medical Students for Choice, said training more doctors to perform abortions will “be a key battle in the fight to maintain and increase access” to the procedure. “Fewer clinics means higher demand at all other clinics,” she said. “And that means fewer openings for training, because clinics simply do not have the time.”

Abortion rights activists also hope that the efforts to ban abortion will inspire a new generation of doctors who, like Shah, are committed to offering what she calls “compassionate care.” Medical Students for Choice added chapters at 10 U.S. medical schools this year, with an estimated 300 additional members, Merritt said.

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