As medical students — the next generation of physicians — we believe that the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision, which overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, undermines the health of our future patients and our ability to become competent physicians.
As M.D. candidates in our second year of training, we are still learning the fundamental skills of being a physician while exploring the range of medical specialties. This period of medical school is focused on building a foundation of both knowledge and relationship-building skills that will be essential to the practice of medicine regardless of specialty. Students who do not participate in comprehensive sexual and reproductive education, including education about abortion, will be unable to navigate some of the complex medical and social challenges their patients will encounter.