Fighting Abortion Restrictions in a Hostile State: My Experience Testifying at the Texas Legislature

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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2017 March ATI Details

Thank you for joining us.
We look forward to seeing you at MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute on March 3-5, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. We are no longer accepting applications for the February and March ATIs. We will be offering another ATI in September.

ATI Pre-Survey
If you have been invited to attend the ATI, please fill out this Pre-Conference Survey by February 17, 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to learn more about what we do best, understand the impact of our grassroots efforts, and improve the Abortion Training Institute. Your response is very valuable to us.

If you have any questions regarding travel arrangements or reimbursement, please email us at [email protected]. A reimbursement form is available for download.

A week before the ATI we will provide detailed instructions on how to get to the venue from the airport, train station, and by car. If you are driving, you will be reimbursed at the rate of 14 cents per mile. You will also be reimbursed for parking at the hotel. Please be sure to keep your parking receipt.

If you wish to familiarize yourself with the Philadelphia transit system, visit

There is no set dress code but most students will wear business casual or casual. The conference rooms tend to run a bit on the colder side, so please bring a sweater. No need for white coats.

Schedule is subject to change.

Friday6:00 pm – 7:00 pmWelcome Dinner
7:00 pm – 9:00 pmValues Clarification Session
What Do I Say Now? Difficult Moments in Communicating about Abortion
Saturday8:30 am – 9:30 am1st Trimester Abortion
9:45 am – 11:15 amHands-on Training
Speculum Placement, Dilation, Manual Vacuum Aspiration
11:30 am – 12:30 pmProducts of Conception
12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch and Student Networking
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm2nd Trimester Abortion
2:50 pm – 3:50 pm2nd Trimester Hands-on Training
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmProvider Panel
Sunday9:00 am – 11: 45 amAdvocacy and Messaging Training
11:45 am – 12:00 pmClosing



It is impossible to take in all that Philadelphia has to offer in a day. We have put together a small list of attractions you may find interesting. We recommend you check out for an extensive offering of what to do and where to go in the city of brotherly love.

Things To Do in Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market: The city’s famous indoor foodie paradise is the number one most visited attraction in Philadelphia.

Independence National Historical Park: The Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the New Hall Military Museum, Franklin Court, the Bishop White House and the Graff House are just some of the buildings that make up Independence National Historical Park — all of which are free.

Rocky Steps and Rocky Statue: The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Tourists and locals alike can be found running up the steps, replicating the iconic scene from Rocky.

Eastern State Penitentiary: You can take a tour of this 11 acre prison and peer inside its historic cell block, including the cell that housed Al Capone.

Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground: One of the most famous churches and burial sights in Philadelphia. You can view the grave of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders.


Philadelphia is home to a number of world-class museums. For more information visit

Philadelphia Museum of Art: The third largest art museum in the country.

Barnes Foundation: This museum houses one of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. If you love Renoir, Cézanne, and Matisse, this is your museum. While same day tickets are available, they are not guaranteed. It is recommended that you book your ticket ahead of time.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts:  The museum offers a variety of works by renowned American artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Mary Cassatt, and Thomas Eakins, as well as contemporary artists like Faith Ringgold and Richard Diebenkorn.

Mutter Museum:  This is not an attraction for the faint-of-stomach. Unborn fetuses in jars, petrified body parts, and conjoined twins are just a few of the artifacts that chronicle the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of medicine through the ages. One thing is for sure, however, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else! Those interested in science and medicine will be especially fascinated.

National Constitution Center: A visit begins with a compelling multi-media theater presentation that describes the main points of our country’s most important document. After the presentation,visitors are free to roam about the building exploring the hows and whys of the Constitution. Many of the exhibits are interactive, as guests may vote for their favorite president, or even take the presidential oath of office.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: With one of the best archaeology and anthropology collections in the United States, this museum boasts over 30 galleries displaying items from around the world. Exhibits range from Egyptian mummies to Greek coins, from musical instruments from Africa to Native American totem poles. The collections were enhanced by expeditions run by the school to various areas, and even contain several world famous items.

Where to Eat

As many of you will be arriving early, we have put together a map of affordable and tasty breakfast and lunch options within walking distance of the hotel.

If you have a hankering for an iconic Philly cheesesteak, we suggest you check out Top 10 Spots for Authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteaks. As most locals have a strong opinion on where to find the best authentic cheesesteak, this article should help you navigate the Philly cheesesteak scene.