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Illusion of Choice

As a medical student rotating through one of the largest public safety-net hospitals in the nation, I often witness the intersection of social injustice and health in communities, particularly communities of color. Racism, capitalism, housing instability, wealth inequality, lack of comprehensive health insurance, lack of child care, mistrust in the medical system secondary to systemic …

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Abortion Access in a Pandemic: Medical Students Step Up

As abortion access around the world is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, MSFC chapters have risen to the challenge to serve their communities. From providing childcare to healthcare workers, to delivering medications and supplies, to serving as reproductive health educators online and via hotlines, MSFC members are filling the gaps and stepping up during the …

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What Papayas Can Teach You About Reproductive Health Access

Papayas can be named by color: green papaya, golden papaya, “sunrise papaya”. Sometimes they are named by origin: Hawaiian papaya, Mexican papaya, Brazilian papaya. Sometimes—innocently—they are just named “papaya”, and you have to call the manager over the intercom at H-Mart and interrogate accordingly. My expertise in papayas has been an unexpected side effect of …

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An Invaluable Partnership: Why You Should Get to Know Your Local Abortion Fund

As states hostile to abortion continue to increase regulations and place heavier burdens on patients trying to access abortion care, the services abortion funds provide are becoming even more important. Abortion funds seek to remove barriers to abortion access by providing funding and logistical support to people seeking abortions. Funds give individuals money to pay …

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Finding My Place in the Movement

I saw my first D&C as a pre-med college student, who had been newly introduced to the possibilities of ob/gyn. Despite being pro-choice, this experience deeply affected me and made me question my limits in the abortion debate. It also made me realize that being pro-choice does not necessarily translate into becoming an abortion provider, …

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10 Reasons Every Medical Student Should Learn about Medication Abortion

By Abby Ramey and Rachel Abbott, MSFC Student Organizers As abortion becomes more restricted in the United States, medication abortion has become critical in the fight for abortion access. Medication abortion, or the “abortion pill”, is a combination of two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol. It is a popular and safe option for many, accounting for …

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Curriculum Reform at an International University in Uganda

 Reaching Young Doctors from Around the World Through Student Activism Paul Mulyamboga is a 4th year medical student and MSFC chapter leader at St Augustine International University in Kampala, Uganda.  The chapter recently advocated for abortion education to be included in the curriculum, changes that were unprecedented at any medical schools in Uganda. After months …

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Where Abortion is Illegal…Do Providers Matter?

By Lois V. Backus, Executive Director of MSFC In the US, recently passed abortion bans in 9 states have finally awakened the national press and the general public to the dire threat facing legal abortion. For those of us who have struggled for decades to provide safe abortions in an increasingly restrictive legal environment, these …

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