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"This is such a unique opportunity to gain clinical exposure in a classically underrepresented area of medical school curricula, and I am certain that I would not have received such a robust abortion education in medical school without the RHE."

Reproductive Health Externship Participant

Frightening Facts

October 31, 2014

The critical shortage of abortion providers threatens the state of women’s health access.

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Abortion Training Institute: A Chance to Reflect on Choice

October 20, 2014

Two students discussing

Despite running on no more than thirty minutes of sleep, my mind wouldn’t stop buzzing. Walking through Philadelphia International Airport, en route to MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute, I was curious about what the conference would entail—what skills I would learn, what experiences and opinions I would be exposed to. For the most part I was excited. …

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Replace Misinformation with Education

October 14, 2014

Emily, a second year medical student, was a participant in MSFC’s most recent Abortion Training Institute in Philadelphia, PA. At the ATI, medical students work with reproductive health experts in small-group workshops to learn about abortion and contraception.  Last year, a colleague in my medical school class asked me about the MVA (Manual Vacuum Aspiration, a …

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Student Story: Speaking Out

October 6, 2014

Students Advocate for Abortion Training

  In between exams, one medical student in Tennessee took the time to tell MSFC about the chapter at his school, his stance on Tennessee’s proposed Amendment 1, and his plans for his future career. What drew you to Medical Students for Choice? I first saw the words “Medical Students for Choice” on the National …

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Med Student Takes a Stand on Hobby Lobby Decision

July 11, 2014

I’m angry. But more than that, I’m worried. I’m worried and I’m deeply disturbed by the recent, ongoing war on women and our access to healthcare. We’ve watched for the past several years as locality after locality, state after state, and now the Supreme Court of the United States, steadily turn back the clock on …

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An MSFC Success Story: A Panel on Abortion Provision in the Face of Legal Restrictions

June 27, 2014

A group of women advocate for legal abortions in 1980. [Evening Standard/Getty Images, source] Our medical students face different political atmospheres and laws that determine the legality and accessibility of abortion. This January, The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted a panel that included a local clinic staff member and two physicians that provide …

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An MSFC Success Story:

March 13, 2014

 ETSU Evening with an Abortion Provider MSFC’s chapter at Eastern Tennessee State University recently held a hugely successful event in an area that is often more hostile than hospitable to pro-choice activities. We talked to Aaron, an MSFC student leader, to hear more about how he set up the event, why it was such a …

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Coalition for Liberty and Justice Forum on Religious Liberty

February 11, 2014

On February 7, 2014 in Washington, DC, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice convened a forum featuring legal and political experts, religious and community leaders, grassroots organizers and advocates for religious freedom and against discrimination. Our Executive Director Lois Backus spoke on the panel for Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty. See the schedule and access …

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My RHE Experience

February 7, 2014

By the time I got to the Planned Parenthood clinic to begin my Reproductive Health Externship I’d seen about a dozen first trimester abortions at a private clinic close to my school.  “No sweat,” I convinced myself, remembering how underwhelmed I’d felt the first time I saw the procedure.  To my surprise there was no …

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Short film re-release: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

January 31, 2014

A short film about humans, choice, and frogs was re-released this year. It is simple, accurate, and a little cheeky. It serves as a pretty good reminder of why pro-choice organizations and individuals must be proactive. Watch here: http://lifeliberty.net/    

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Morgentaler Anniversary 2014: A Look at Choice in Canada

January 27, 2014

As we celebrate the decision that negated any laws restricting the practice of abortion in Canada, we’d like to share some facts with you about the history of choice in Canada as well as the current accessibility. It’s important that we train the next generation of abortion providers and make abortion even more available to …

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41 Years After Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2014

In addition to celebrating the decision that decided the legality of abortion in the US, we’d like to share some facts with you about the availability of abortion in the United States and why it’s important that we train the next generation of abortion providers and keep fighting to keep abortion safe and legal! View …

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