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2015 RHE Participant

Extern Experience: Many Options for Providing Choice

April 6, 2015

By: Taylor Stanton Since I only discovered MSFC after my first year of medical school, I thought I had already missed my chance at taking part in the Reproductive Health Externship (RHE).  It was at the annual conference on family planning that two important things changed: a fellow student suggested doing the RHE during my …

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Provider Profile: Dr. Shannon Connolly

March 9, 2015

I’m not sure that many people grow up thinking, “When I grow up, I want to be an abortion provider,” but I do think that a lot of people can imagine wanting to be a doctor so they can help others. For me, there are very few opportunities in medicine where a provider can offer …

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Success Spotlight: Queen’s University Belfast

February 19, 2015

Despite being part of the United Kingdom, abortion is treated differently in Northern Ireland. While abortion has been declared legal in Northern Ireland on certain health-based grounds, the guidelines for health professionals remain unclear. Though increasingly a topic of debate, many in Northern Ireland believe abortion to be completely illegal, and the countless barriers restrict …

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A Chronology of Choice in Canada

January 28, 2015

Over the years, the landscape of abortion access in Canada has changed dramatically thanks to hardworking activists and brave providers. However,  even though government policies allow abortion in Canada, the topic is still highly contested. Recent restrictions on providers and a lack of training for physicians mean that in many places women still struggle to access …

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42 Years After Roe v. Wade

January 21, 2015

42 years since the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteed a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, we are still fighting for abortion access for all. Despite these barriers, medical students in the United States and around the world are  advocating for greater access to reproductive healthcare, seeking out training, and stepping up to become the …

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Frightening Facts

October 31, 2014

The critical shortage of abortion providers threatens the state of women’s health access.

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Abortion Training Institute: A Chance to Reflect on Choice

October 20, 2014

discussing what choice means

Despite running on no more than thirty minutes of sleep, my mind wouldn’t stop buzzing. Walking through Philadelphia International Airport, en route to MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute, I was curious about what the conference would entail—what skills I would learn, what experiences and opinions I would be exposed to. For the most part I was excited. …

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Replace Misinformation with Education

October 14, 2014

Emily, a second year medical student, was a participant in MSFC’s most recent Abortion Training Institute in Philadelphia, PA. At the ATI, medical students work with reproductive health experts in small-group workshops to learn about abortion and contraception.  Last year, a colleague in my medical school class asked me about the MVA (Manual Vacuum Aspiration, a …

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Student Story: Speaking Out

October 6, 2014

Students Advocate for Abortion Training

  In between exams, one medical student in Tennessee took the time to tell MSFC about the chapter at his school, his stance on Tennessee’s proposed Amendment 1, and his plans for his future career. What drew you to Medical Students for Choice? I first saw the words “Medical Students for Choice” on the National …

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