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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MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute FAQs


What is an Abortion Training Institute (ATI)?
Abortion Training Institutes (ATIs) provide medical students with a fully funded educational opportunity to learn about abortion from family planning experts. The ATI will prepare you for future training in abortion care in a small group environment. Priority will be given to those who plan to provide abortion care in their future practice.

When and where are the Abortion Training Institutes?
The ATI will be held in Philadelphia, PA from February 24-26.

What is the schedule for the Abortion Training Institute?
The program begins Friday, February 24th at 6pm and concludes on Sunday February 26th at noon. Only students who are available from 6:00 PM Friday until 12:00 PM Sunday afternoon will be considered. In order to attend the program, you will most likely need to request Friday off for traveling to Philadelphia.

Who can apply to attend?
All current medical students are invited to apply.

Non-medical students may apply, but only medical students will receive funding to attend the ATI. In order to attend as a non-medical student, the attendee will be responsible for the conference registration fee, travel funds, and accommodations during the ATI.

How will participants be selected?
MSFC staff will select participants based on the strength of their applications and CVs..

What is included in MSFC’s funding?
MSFC will cover your conference registration fee, hotel room, the most cost-effective travel to and from the ATI, and meals during the program.

How will I schedule my travel?
You will work with an MSFC staff member to make sure your itinerary allows you to attend the full program, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own flight. Flights must be purchased based on cost efficiency, not by timing or availability. Flights must be approved by MSFC before they are purchased. This is applicable for train tickets as well. You will need to submit your receipt(s) for reimbursement from MSFC after your travel has been purchased.

Do I need to book a hotel room?
No. MSFC will reserve hotel rooms for everyone attending the ATI after travel arrangements have been confirmed. You will be paired with a roommate for the duration of the program

How and by when do I apply?
The application period is closed for the February ATI.

When will I hear if I’m selected to participate?
For the current application round, MSFC will notify you of your status by Monday January 9, 2017.

Will there be other ATIs in 2017?
Yes, we will host additional ATIs later this year. Please check www.msfc.org for updates.

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