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

March 8, 2017

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?

January 10, 2017

…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

November 9, 2016

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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From Interest to Leadership

October 19, 2016

By Lindsey and Cyra, M2 Student Leaders While neither of us came into medical school dead-set on OB/GYN or a career providing reproductive healthcare, both of us took for granted that a woman’s right to choose was something that all physicians should respect, regardless of their personal beliefs.  However, as first year medical students it …

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How the Conference on Family Planning Changed My Education

September 8, 2016

By Kari Stausmire, Experienced Student Leader at the University of Toledo College of Medicine’s MSFC Chapter As a first year medical student, I let my doubts get in the way of my education. I was intrigued by the idea of abortion education, but I missed out on Medical Students for Choice’s 2014 Conference on Family …

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An RHE in Mexico City: Safe Abortion Access is a Human Right

August 17, 2016

By Brooke Bachelor, RN, BSN, OMS-II My interest in exploring and working within various health care systems has led me around the world. In each country I visit, I strive to understand the intricacies of each unique health care system, and more specifically, the cultural components of reproductive health care. Having worked with many patients …

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