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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Rebecca Commito


Rebecca Commito is an MD candidate at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ. Rebecca was the founding leader of Cooper’s Medical Students for Choice Chapter and serves on the managing board of the Cooper Rowan Clinic, which provides longitudinal medical care and medication for uninsured patients in Camden. Rebecca also co-created and leads the Camden Prenatal Collaborative, an initiative that partners women experiencing high risk pregnancies with medical students who serve as a patient navigators and advocates. Prior to starting medical school, Rebecca worked as the Program Manager at Peer Health Exchange (PHE) Chicago, a health education non-profit. At PHE, she trained and managed a cohort of college undergraduates who facilitated comprehensive health education workshops with 9th graders in partner Chicago Public Schools. Rebecca graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in French and Francophone Studies, concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies.