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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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Bringing Contraceptive Counseling to a Student Run Free Clinic

By Adrian Ziaggi, Mika Connolly, Rachel Tullio, and Bryna Torre University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Hello from Buffalo, NY! We are second year medical students at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and co-presidents of the MSFC Buffalo chapter. One of the unique activities we coordinate as part of our chapter …

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Good Medicine for All: Learning About Treating Transgender Youth in Alabama

By Kaitlyn Merrels, University of Alabama School of Medicine When people hear “Alabama,” obesity, poverty, extremist religious views, Roy Moore, and STI’s may come to mind. Not exactly positive things. While my home state doesn’t necessarily represent equality, choice, or social justice, I have been lucky enough to be part of a class of medical …

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Testifying Against Anti-Choice Legislation as a Medical Student

By Maya Nojechowicz, MSFC Student Organizer Parvaneh (“Pari”) Nouri, an MD/MPH candidate at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has testified three times against anti-abortion bills in the Republican controlled Ohio state legislature, and she’s gearing up for a fourth – a D & E ban has been introduced. In a hostile state like …

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