How Med Students Put Abortion Back In The Classroom

After years of being ignored, the procedure is being taught again to aspiring doctors

One might assume that Stanford Medical School, outside San Francisco, would be the model of a progressive, if not liberal, institution. But when Sarah Morgan, 30, entered five years ago, she found there would be almost nothing in her training about abortion. Nothing in epidemiology, the study of common procedures, even though abortion is one of the most commonly performed surgeries; nothing in pharmacology, where mifepristone, now commonly known as RU 486, is mentioned as an anticancer agent but not in the context of abortions; and nothing scheduled in the hospital rotations. "We had an hour lecture on the ethics of...

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