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  • 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Kathy Wollner

    Health Policy Chair, AMSA

    Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that ensured a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. Unfortunately, since 1963, federal and state legislators have worked very hard to chip away at that right, decreasing access for women throughout the United States through restrictions on insurance coverage; waiting periods; and mandatory, medically unnecessary ultrasounds to name a few. The most significant of these is the Hyde Amendment, which keeps Medicaid from paying for terminations, leaving the poor and marginalized, those often at greatest risk for unplanned pregnancy, with the worst access. In the last couple years, we've even seen attacks on birth control. As future physicians, I believe it is our responsibility to be scientists in the face of ideology and stand up for the health and rights of our patients and communities.

    On this day, I'd like you all to take just a little bit of time to read about the current attacks on reproductive health in the U.S., and the new restrictions that have come into effect even in just the last year. Texas actually defunded Planned Parenthood and Mississippi is on a crusade ...

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  • The House of Reps' Attack on Women's Health

    Kathy Wollner
    Women's Policy Coordinator, AMSA Gender & Sexuality Committee

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill that creates new, harmful restrictions on reproductive health care. The Hyde Amendment already ensures that no taxpayer funding goes towards pregnancy termination; this bill goes beyond current law by raising taxes on small businesses and the self-employed who wish to purchase a private insurance plan that includes abortion care.

    Many of you out there in AMSA contacted your Representatives prior to the vote to tell them where you stand. Your voice will be needed as this bill moves on to the Senate as well. Before that goes down, there are five special, supposedly-moderate-formerly-pro-choice Representatives I want to point out and encourage you to follow up with if you happen to be so lucky as to be their constituents. Reps. Judy Biggert and Bob Dold of Illinois, Reps Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, and Rep. Richard Hanna of New York all underwent serious makeovers to vote for this bill. These Reps ran on pro-choice platforms in the campaign last year but voted for this very anti-choice bill. I encourage you to call them to let them know how this makes ...

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  • Take Action on "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"

    Kathy Wollner
    Women's Policy Coordinator, AMSA Gender & Sexuality Committee

    Your voice is needed to challenge the House of Representatives' attack on women's health. Tell your Representative to vote NO on the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R. 3)!

    This bill creates new, harmful restrictions on reproductive health care that go far beyond current law by raising taxes on small businesses and the self-employed who wish to purchase a private insurance plan that includes abortion care. This extent of government overreach into the use of private funds is unprecedented. Medical decisions - including those to end a pregnancy - should be discussed between women and their health care providers, not among members of Congress or employees of the IRS.


    As medical and premedical students we must speak out in defense of our profession and the rights of our patients across the country. Reproductive health care is just that, health care. It is time for Congress to treat is as such.

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