A Proposal for Organized Civil Disobedience by Academic Medicine to the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Association Decision.
In response to the women’s health care crisis solidified by the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, following which half of states could outlaw abortion (and potentially in-vitro fertilization, emergency contraception, and even treatment for ectopic pregnancy and partial spontaneous or “back alley” abortion), the medical profession has responded with statements condemning the ruling, protest marches, research agendas to study the consequences (with easily predictable results coming years from now that will only be ignored by anti-science legislators), and by setting up workarounds (e.g., offshore boats, a modern “overground railroad,” etc.) to provide abortion to those who need and/or want it.[i],[ii]
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