VILLAGE VOICE: "Five Decades After Roe v. Wade, Doctors Train to Keep Abortion Out of the Shadows"

Thank you Village Voice and Sonja Sharp for writing this article destigmatizing some of the misconceptions around medical abortions and also for including a shout out to Names of Women in your article!

"Among the greatest victories of the anti-abortion rights movement has been to convince Americans that abortion is as invasive and potentially life-threatening as liposuction, when the reality is closer to a breast biopsy."

With slews of politicians working hard to take away our reproductive rights, it is also incredible to see the counter movement including hoards of medical students getting themselves trained as abortion providers.

"We've never had anywhere near that level of demand," said Lois Backus, executive director of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC), which runs the abortion training intensive program I attended last month... the February training received close to 200 applications for just 30 spots. Students had traveled from across the country to attend the weekend-long conference in Philadelphia, and for many, the hands-on practicum was the highlight of their trip...

In the months since November, Payne, the Texan, says the number of would-be volunteers looking to escort patients from their cars to the clinic or to simply help out with clerical work at her local Planned Parenthood have increased tenfold...

New York City's Doula Project, whose "abortion doulas" support patients in local Planned Parenthood clinics, received triple the normal volume of applications for its spring 2017 training."

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