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"This is such a unique opportunity to gain clinical exposure in a classically underrepresented area of medical school curricula, and I am certain that I would not have received such a robust abortion education in medical school without the RHE."

Reproductive Health Externship Participant

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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After WWH in Texas: A Clinic and a Community

July 20, 2016

By Liza Brecher In June, I started my Reproductive Health Externship (RHE) at Houston Women’s Clinic in Houston, Texas. Houston Women’s Clinic (HWC) is a standalone abortion clinic (not an ambulatory surgical center) and is one of eleven clinics left in the state. When I was setting up my externship with Kathy, the clinic manager, …

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A Lack of Abortion Providers & Choice

June 29, 2016

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court made the momentous decision to overturn Texas’s HB2 law. The highest court in the country decided that Texas’s TRAP laws placed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion. However, there is still work to be done in Texas and many other states. One of the biggest obstacles facing …

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Pro-Choice in an Anti-Abortion State

May 27, 2016

By Christina Bourne Being pro-choice has always been natural to me.  I grew up in a pro-choice family, had an abortion as a teenager, and never felt anything but support from my community.  I seldom thought about the right to choose.  Sure, I knew there was debate around the issue, but I never felt a …

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A Texas Showdown: The State vs. Your Care

March 3, 2016

Yesterday, lawyers for the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights embarked on oral arguments before the Supreme Court for what is being called the most important abortion rights case in decades. In 2013, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2 which, among many other new restrictive regulations, requires abortion providers to hold …

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Fighting for Abortion Access in Florida

February 25, 2016

Abortion restriction laws have sadly become the norm in many states in the U.S. Though many of these laws are passed under the guise of helping women, they are actually made with the intent to slowly legislate abortion until it is virtually inaccessible. One tactic we are seeing in increasing numbers is the institution of …

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My Battle for Buckeye Women

February 16, 2016

By Tiffany Stainfield, MSFC Chapter President at Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine After four consecutive near-sleepless nights, tons of research into economic and social implications for Ohio, hours of proofreading and editing testimony, and two hours driving to Columbus, I spoke to the Ohio Senate on January 27, 2016 in opposition to House Bill …

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Grieving for the Loss of My Rights, and How I Recovered

January 22, 2016

By Carolyn Miller, Development & Communications Manager If you’ve had a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach since the beginning of the New Year, you might be like me and have read or heard about how 2015 was a terrible year for women’s reproductive health. Maybe today, on the anniversary of Roe v. …

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