Medical Students for Choice Statement on Restrictive Language in State Abortion Ballot Initiatives

Medical Students for Choice is deeply concerned by the trend of state coalitions organizing to enshrine restrictions on abortion access into state constitutions. Codifying the most problematic components of Roe is a tactic that completely rejects the reproductive justice framework, placing greater importance on the rights of some while sacrificing abortion access for people most impacted by abortion bans.  

There is no test that definitively determines viability. Viability should never be used to restrict access to care, and it absolutely should not be enshrined in state constitutions as a requirement to access abortion.MSFC reaffirms our unwavering commitment to supporting any medical student or physician in training seeking abortion and family planning education, and we urge the movement for reproductive rights to stop attempting to resurrect Roe and start organizing for the abortion access Americans deserve. Pamela MerrittExecutive DirectorMedical Student for Choice