Why We’re Fighting Florida’s Abortion Restrictions
By: Kristen C. Prewitt Undocumented, 11-years-old, and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she had never filed a record of the sexual assault. “Was she even raped?” administrators at the hospital where she sought an abortion had asked. According to Florida’s new abortion waiting-period statute, the answer would be “no.” The state recently passed a law …
As an internationally known non-profit with a successful track record for change, Medical Students for Choice® (MSFC) stands up in the face of violent opposition. We work to destigmatize abortion provision among medical students and residents, and to persuade medical schools and residency programs to include abortion as a part of the reproductive health services curriculum.
Today one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion around the world is the absence of trained providers. Medical schools are simply not addressing the topic; most physicians graduate with little more than circumstantial knowledge of abortion. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training.
More specifically, these are our strategic goals
Support medical student advocacy and programming
Improve reproductive health curricula
Increase abortion training opportunities
Promote the importance of MSFC’s work broadly
Physicians have power, status, and prestige in nearly every culture and MSFC seeks to leverage that power in ways that promote our vision of reproductive health, justice, and rights around the world.