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MSFC’s African Regional Meeting

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.”

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

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

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

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

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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The Global Gag Rule: Impact on Physicians-in-Training in Africa

On January 23rd, shortly after taking office, President Trump reinstated and strengthened the “Global Gag Rule” which prohibits US funding to any organization outside the US that counsels women about abortion, refers women for abortions, or works in any way to promote access to abortion. MSFC reached out to its chapters in Africa to assess …

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Happy New Year?

…only the passing of time will answer that question.  If you have become both obsessed and disgusted with political news, I share your pain.  I desperately want to turn everything off, but I can’t help myself. There is a lot…a LOT…of work coming our way in the next few years.  One of the reasons I …

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Post Election Thoughts

Today we are living in a country in which more than 59 million people voted for a man who ridicules women, belittles racial and ethnic minorities, and threatens long-standing partners across the world.  That is shocking in so many ways. I have spent the past 30 years working toward ensuring that people can have the …

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