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As Susan Cahill Faces a Vandalized Clinic, a Reminder of Her Contribution to Abortion Access

Susan Cahill stands in her recently vandalized clinic, All Families Healthcare in Kalispell, Montana.

By now, many have heard about the horrific vandalism that recently took place at Susan Cahill’s clinic in Montana. But what some people may not know is that Cahill was one of the pioneers in bringing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) into abortion care, thus expanding abortion access in underserved areas.

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The Social Status of Abortion Providers: ‘Doctors of Conscience’ Revisited

Susan Cahill, along with her colleague and friend, Rachel Atkins, in short, was a pioneer in bringing APCs into abortion care, and thus in expanding access to the procedure in underserved areas.

During her speech accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning in Seattle, Carole Joffe explained that although in many ways reproductive rights are under assault from state legislatures, “some things in the world of abortion provision are different—even arguably better” than they were in years past.

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Roe at 37: A Kansas Judge Sets A Dangerous Precedent

The judge presiding over the trial of Scott Roeder has opened the door to a dangerous legal defense for those who commit violent acts–even murder–against doctors who provide abortion.

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The Next Generation of Providers: One Doctor Shows the Way

Dr. Marianne Knox is a young abortion provider working in the South — defying statistics, and the fear factor.

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Abortion in Medical Schools in Canada – An Elective Subject

Medical students in Canada are not receiving the training that they need to become abortion providers. Many medical schools do not include the subject in their curriculum, so students wishing to learn the procedure must take it upon themselves to become trained providers.

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The Abortion Curriculum Has Left the Classroom

In the reproductive health curriculum I dream of at night, students who do not wish to comprehensively serve their patients are forced to defend their position. Quite simply, this is a curriculum where abortion is included where appropriate, just like any other common, safe procedure.

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Beyond Abortion: Medical Injustice Should Be Focus

Medical school, by nature, often strips out a deeper social analysis when examining the health outcomes of different communities. The pro-choice movement within medical schools should always ensure that it is sensitive to the socioeconomic realities we find ourselves in and is responding to the full range of individuals’ reproductive health needs.

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