Today a Philadelphia jury convicted Kermit Gosnell on counts related to an illegal clinic he ran in Pennsylvania. Physicians has issued a press release, featuring a statement from our board chair-elect, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, which reads in part:
“Gosnell’s conviction is proof that he ignored not only state and federal laws, but standards that are set by the medical profession on best practices in reproductive health care including safe abortion care.”
As part of Strong Families’ “Mama’s Day Our Way” celebration, our physicians contributed essays on the topics of motherhood, teen parenting, abortion, and reproductive justice.
Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr published a piece on Feministing called “For the Mamas Who Don’t Get Love on Mother’s Day,” about her experiences as a teen mom, and how they differ and align with other teen parents’ experiences:
Medicine and mothering intertwine in my life. My kid entered kindergarten the same week I started medical school. As a mom and a doctor, I am thrilled that I am able to work toward a world where all women and kids are supported and celebrated. Motherhood should be a fair choice, not a forced choice.
Read the rest of Dr. Trozky-Sirr’s essay here.
Our former board member and Leadership Training Academy alumna Dr. Pratima Gupta published a piece on Raw Story about being a mother, an abortion provider, and a woman who has had an abortion:
As an abortion provider, I know abortion rhetoric too often ignores the complexities of real women’s lives. Choosing adoption, ending a pregnancy, or raising a child is a personal, often complicated and emotional decision. But one thing is pretty simple: that decision is better left to a woman and her family. I know this firsthand.