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Post-Roe Initiative Update: Students in their Own Words

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

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

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

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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Reproductive Justice in the Bronx

By Cara Coren, MS2 at Tulane University Coming from a background in sociology and anthropology, I chose medicine as a career because I believe that health is foundational to all other social justice work. I am pursuing a combined MD/MPH because I aim to put my clinical practice in a broader context—to better understand the …

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MSFC Stands for Our Future Patients….and Against the Gag Rule

For 25 years, Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) members in medical schools around the country and the world have fought for the education they will need to provide a full range of family planning care for their future patients. For most of our members, learning about all forms of contraception and abortion is hard, and …

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Today’s Activists, Tomorrow’s Providers: Repealing the 8th Amendment

By Sara Contreras, MSFC Student Organizer With contributions from by our Irish members In 1983, Ireland held a referendum on what became the 8th amendment to their constitution. This vote determined that the fetus’s right to life was equal to that of the mother. 35 years have passed in Ireland since the 8th amendment formally …

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New Report Finds Abortion Is Safe

You may be looking at the title and thinking, “yeah, duh.” But there are two things you should remember. The first is that good medicine relies on scientific evidence. Think back to the kerfuffle over flossing in 2016 (a more innocent time, to be sure). The AP reported that this mundane, common-sense dental hygiene task …

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Mobilizing Youth to Address Unsafe Abortions at the University of Gitwe, Rwanda

By RWAMIYE J. Pavel, University of Gitwe This February, over 250 students in multiple medical fields all over Rwanda (and abroad as well) gathered for a joint 3-day conference at the University of Gitwe. This conference, organized by our MSFC chapter in partnership with numerous other organizations, was entitled “The Role of the Youth in …

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