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Keeping Choice (and Women) Alive in Uganda

December 21, 2015

You have surely heard of the constant barrage of legal attacks on abortion in the US. At MSFC, we are known for working to battle this onslaught of legislation by helping to create the next generation of abortion providers. Our efforts are especially important because women in the US are facing challenges to accessing abortion …

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Statement on the Attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

December 1, 2015

In the field of abortion care the isolation and targeting of physicians is nothing new. We have seen these terroristic attacks take the form of picketing providers’ homes and children’s schools, clinic arsons and bombings, and most horrifying, the murder and attempted murder of abortion providers. As we look back on 2015, the landscape is …

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MSFC Announces 2015 Alumni Award Winners

November 3, 2015

Each year at MSFC’s Conference on Family Planning, Medical Students for Choice presents the MSFC Alumni Award to former MSFC members in recognition of the positive impact they have had on abortion care for the women in their communities. This year’s recipients are Dr. David Eisenberg and Dr. Debra Stulberg. Dr. David Eisenberg is an Assistant Professor …

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The Reproductive Health Externship: Creating an Active Advocate

October 29, 2015

By Oliver Reagan, second year medical student and current MSFC member I have always been a passive supporter of a woman’s right to choose—an ally who would quietly affirm my support if asked but who would not go out of my way to engage in discourse about abortion and family planning. This past spring I …

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#ShoutYourAbortion: Why I Will Be an Abortion Provider

September 29, 2015

(Content note: contains references to sexual assault) For years, I knew nothing about abortion. Growing up in Florida, I attended schools that avoided teaching comprehensive sex education. At home, my parents’ conservative values centered around their Christian faith and they too skirted the subject. Between these two things, contraception and abortion were not mentioned when I was …

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Abortion: The Choice Is Not About Me

August 31, 2015

Notes titled "Abortion Training Institute", with a sticky note that has "if not you, who?" scrawled on it in black pen.

I assert my pro-choice beliefs in public. As a result, I often get questions. As a future doctor and as an advocate I want to provide honest and accurate answers to people who come to me for information. I know that if I’m unable to answer their questions other sources will step in and spread the myths …

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Donor Spotlight: Arthur Lieber is “Focusing on the Real Issues, Not the Distractions”

August 21, 2015

Longtime MSFC supporter Arthur Lieber recently shared his opinions about abortion in an article titled “Abortion: Focusing on the Real Issues, not the Distractions” on the progressive blog Occasional Planet. He argues that despite distractions, we must continue to speak out for abortion access and maintain empathy for women who face unplanned, unwanted pregnancy. Thank …

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Why We’re Fighting Florida’s Abortion Restrictions

August 4, 2015

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 …

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What’s Really at Stake in the Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Debacle?

July 30, 2015

Targeting physicians who provide abortion care is nothing new.  The extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement began deliberately targeting physicians in the early 1990’s, leading to a horrifyingly long string of physician murders as well as deliberate intimidation tactics such as “wanted” posters and websites exposing physicians’ private information.  Now these extremists have succeeded in …

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The Scarcity of Abortion Training in America’s Medical Schools

July 9, 2015

Abortion Training Workshop for Medical Students

MSFC member Dr. Mara Gordon, a current resident in family medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, recently wrote a piece published in The Atlantic about the dire shortage of training in abortion and family planning for medical students.  Thank you, Mara, for highlighting this important message! “I felt inspired to reflect on my motivations to …

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State Court Blocks Harmful Florida Law

June 30, 2015

A state court judge just temporarily blocked a new law that forces women to wait 24 hours or more and make at least two trips before accessing safe, legal abortion care. Medical Students for Choice is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union against the State …

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MSFC Contests Florida’s New Waiting Period Law in Partnership with CRR and the ACLU

June 11, 2015

Medical Students for Choice is a plaintiff in a lawsuit just filed by Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union against the State of Florida. The suit challenges a new law that forces women to wait 24 hours or more and make at least two trips before accessing safe, legal abortion care. MSFC …

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Resident Stands Up: Without Training There is No Choice

May 12, 2015

Michelle Brown speaking at a rally

  By: Dr. Michelle Brown As I reflect back on the 4 years of medical school that I just completed, MSFC has been an integral part of my experience here. The support that MSFC provided over the past 4 years for me personally and professionally has been incredible. One of the highlights of my involvement …

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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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