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Abortion: When Politics Meets Practice

September 1, 2017

By Alana Cartens For most of my life I have danced around the sidelines of the reproductive justice movement, always supporting, but more actively involved in work around racial justice and international human rights. Attending the Medical Students for Choice Conference on Family Planning last December shifted my focus to see how, in many ways, …

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“Our Bodies Our Doctors” Features MSFC Alumni

August 21, 2017

By Andrea Chiavarini, MD As an Ob/Gyn and abortion provider in Portland, Wichita, and Oklahoma City, I share my personal story and how my experience as an MSFC member led me to my current practice in a new documentary looking at the lives of abortion providers, featuring a number of MSFC alumni physicians and long-time …

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PNWU’s Annual Abortion Dinner

August 18, 2017

Isabella Taylor, OMS II Class of 2019 President of the Reproductive Health Club ’16-’17 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, an Osteopathic medical school, lies in the heart of central Washington State, a region that historically votes red. A large portion of the students, faculty, and staff are politically conservative, which tends to influence our …

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MSFC’s African Regional Meeting

July 28, 2017

University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda July 8, 2017 By Lois V. Backus, MPH Executive Director, Medical Students for Choice Women’s ability to exercise their sexuality and plan their families with the help of qualified physicians is more threatened today than it has been in nearly 50 years. After decades of progress with safe abortion and …

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“But Georgetown is a Catholic school.”

July 13, 2017

by Anonymous medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine If I had a dollar for each time someone said this to me, I would have enough money to pay for someone’s abortion. It is frequently followed by: “If you care so much about these issues, why didn’t you go to a different medical school?” …

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Taking Action Post-Election

June 13, 2017

Growing up in a liberal community in New Jersey, I considered comprehensive sex education unremarkable and reproductive services a part of primary care. During my work in health policy research and evaluation after college, I realized I had taken this perspective for granted. One of my most memorable experiences came in analyzing a national funding …

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Michigan MSFC Members Demand Abortion Training Opportunities for Residents

May 19, 2017

By Maya Nojechowicz As an MSFC student organizer, it was inspiring to witness MSFC members from two Michigan universities use their leverage as medical students to advocate for improved access to abortion training in residency programs. While much of MSFC’s focus is on providing abortion education in preclinical years, it is due to the advocacy …

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A Moment in Time: 100 Days

April 28, 2017

As President Trump’s first 100 days in office approaches, Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is taking stock of the new threats we’re facing and how we can use our strengths to counter those threats in the years to come. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to change to meet new environmental challenges while …

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Fighting Abortion Restrictions in a Hostile State: My Experience Testifying at the Texas Legislature

March 17, 2017

by Katie Hansen MS1 at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin The 2017 legislative session in Texas has been a disheartening one for women and the pro-choice movement. State lawmakers have already proposed 17 bills that would make it more difficult for women to access abortion. On February 15th, I testified at …

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