Wade, a panel of professionals and social workers from activist organizations, including Pro-Choice Missouri and Medical Student for Choice (MSFC), has explored the implications of Missouri’s abortion rights ban on state residents. On October 24. Committee members also called on young people to join the movement and be part of statewide efforts to protect reproductive rights.

The panel discussion was moderated by two of the university’s student-run organizations, the College Democrats and Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA), with support from the university’s Institute for Social Policy. Historically, organizations have advocated for abortion and reproductive health education programs, including training on abortion and family planning.

Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Missouri legislatures have taken swift action, as early as June, to repeal the right to abortion.

Even when Roe was legal, Olivia Danner, president of the PPGA, said, it was difficult to access abortion services in Missouri, as the state’s only abortion clinic was in St. Louis.

Missouri laws now state that abortion should only take place when the person’s life is in immediate danger.

“This is very personal,” Danner said. “Doctors are having a hard time knowing when to intervene.”

The effects of Dobbs’ rule have already led to him crossing state borders to perform abortions.

Every country bans [abortion] “People who need care are pushed to another country,” said MSFC Executive Director Pamela Merritt. “Every state that gets a ban becomes more and more an obstacle to the flow.”

A student asked the audience about the future of patients’ privacy rights in the post-Roux era. Committee members expected the outlook to be bleak, as the Supreme Court did not take a strong position on the issue.

“Each country that would potentially ban abortion could re-litigate and create its own legal framework for all privacy rights,” Merritt said.

According to Maggie Olivia, director of policy at Pro-Choice Missouri, crisis pregnancy centers that claim to provide services under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) collect patient data, such as menstrual cycles.

“The director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services kept a spreadsheet of menstrual cycles for Parenthood patients, and he admitted it under oath,” Olivia said. “No one has done anything about it because this is Missouri, and there is no accountability here.”

As head of MSFC, Merritt has also dissected the problem through the lens of her experience.

“My concern is that without clinics, doctors can’t study – doctors who can’t study go where they can. Ultimately, it won’t take long – we’re looking at three to five years – before we start seeing a certain OB-GYN localization. [obstetrics and gynecology] She said.

Speakers noted that there is still hope for reproductive health care, despite the obstacles. They offered words of encouragement to the audience, looking to inspire action focused on change.

Merritt asked prospective medical students “not to let universities pass easily” in their position on the issue.

“If they are in a prohibited country, ask them if they can send in a public statement from the administration, outlining medical support for abortion training, family planning, training and education,” she said. “If they don’t have a press release, and if it isn’t on their website, ask them why — and make the right decision for you in your career.”

Olivia spoke of the confusion that spread statewide after Roe’s coup.

“Hospital chain… stop[d] Providing emergency contraceptive care for a few hours to rural Missouri residents, so please check your sources before sharing fast-changing information so we don’t accidentally block access [to services]Olivia said.

She also encouraged students to speak courageously and assertively about abortion.

“Use the word ‘abortion’ when abortion is what you’re talking about. Abortion is not bad or scary,” she said. “The more times we can get people to think of abortion in precise medical terms, with respect and dignity, the more we can perpetuate it.” “

The stakes for the future lie in the hands of our generation, Merritt said. “In the end, the strength lies in how angry, disgusted and unapologetic you are in response to this.”

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