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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."


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Finding My Place in the Movement

September 10, 2019

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

August 12, 2019

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

June 11, 2019

 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?

June 3, 2019

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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Post-Roe Initiative Update: Students in their Own Words

March 21, 2019

By Rachel Abbott, Student Organizer The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court last fall means that the balance of the court is now prepared to restrict abortion access and potentially overturn Roe v Wade. However, we are ready—MSFC chapters across the US have been fighting to provide abortion access under difficult …

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Canadian Medical Students Take Abortion Education Into Their Own Hands

March 13, 2019

By Sara Contreras, MSFC Student Organizer After the 2017 Conference on Family Planning in Philadelphia, I received an email from one of my Canadian students, Stephanie. In the email she said what an amazing time that she had but how she wished there would be a space for the Canadian students to have a conference …

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Fighting To Make New York a Safe Place for Abortion

November 2, 2018

By Rachel Weinstock, MS2 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Under a siege of anti-choice rhetoric at the national level, New York has felt like a ‘safe place.’ Abortion was legalized here in 1970 before Roe V. Wade, a provider assured me during my medical school interview. Hearing this, and knowing of New York’s historically …

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What If There Are No Doctors? A Different Perspective on Kavanaugh and the Possible Loss of Legal Abortion

October 10, 2018

By Lois V. Backus, Executive Director of MSFC On Saturday, the US Supreme Court gained a clear majority of members prepared to overturn nearly 50 years of legal abortion in the US. No matter how you may feel about the new Justice himself, the balance of the Court will negatively affect reproductive justice for years …

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