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Post Election Thoughts

November 9, 2016

Today we are living in a country in which more than 59 million people voted for a man who ridicules women, belittles racial and ethnic minorities, and threatens long-standing partners across the world.  That is shocking in so many ways. I have spent the past 30 years working toward ensuring that people can have the …

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From Interest to Leadership

October 19, 2016

By Lindsey and Cyra, M2 Student Leaders While neither of us came into medical school dead-set on OB/GYN or a career providing reproductive healthcare, both of us took for granted that a woman’s right to choose was something that all physicians should respect, regardless of their personal beliefs.  However, as first year medical students it …

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How the Conference on Family Planning Changed My Education

September 8, 2016

By Kari Stausmire, Experienced Student Leader at the University of Toledo College of Medicine’s MSFC Chapter As a first year medical student, I let my doubts get in the way of my education. I was intrigued by the idea of abortion education, but I missed out on Medical Students for Choice’s 2014 Conference on Family …

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An RHE in Mexico City: Safe Abortion Access is a Human Right

August 17, 2016

By Brooke Bachelor, RN, BSN, OMS-II My interest in exploring and working within various health care systems has led me around the world. In each country I visit, I strive to understand the intricacies of each unique health care system, and more specifically, the cultural components of reproductive health care. Having worked with many patients …

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After WWH in Texas: A Clinic and a Community

July 20, 2016

By Liza Brecher In June, I started my Reproductive Health Externship (RHE) at Houston Women’s Clinic in Houston, Texas. Houston Women’s Clinic (HWC) is a standalone abortion clinic (not an ambulatory surgical center) and is one of eleven clinics left in the state. When I was setting up my externship with Kathy, the clinic manager, …

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A Lack of Abortion Providers & Choice

June 29, 2016

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court made the momentous decision to overturn Texas’s HB2 law. The highest court in the country decided that Texas’s TRAP laws placed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion. However, there is still work to be done in Texas and many other states. One of the biggest obstacles facing …

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Pro-Choice in an Anti-Abortion State

May 27, 2016

By Christina Bourne Being pro-choice has always been natural to me.  I grew up in a pro-choice family, had an abortion as a teenager, and never felt anything but support from my community.  I seldom thought about the right to choose.  Sure, I knew there was debate around the issue, but I never felt a …

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A Texas Showdown: The State vs. Your Care

March 3, 2016

Yesterday, lawyers for the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights embarked on oral arguments before the Supreme Court for what is being called the most important abortion rights case in decades. In 2013, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2 which, among many other new restrictive regulations, requires abortion providers to hold …

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Fighting for Abortion Access in Florida

February 25, 2016

Abortion restriction laws have sadly become the norm in many states in the U.S. Though many of these laws are passed under the guise of helping women, they are actually made with the intent to slowly legislate abortion until it is virtually inaccessible. One tactic we are seeing in increasing numbers is the institution of …

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