In reproductive rights news, dozens of incoming medical students at the University of Michigan walked out of their white-coat induction ceremony Sunday, protesting the keynote speaker, Dr. Kristin Collier, and her support for laws banning abortion.
In related news, thousands of people rallied outside and inside the Indiana Statehouse Monday as lawmakers began a special session to debate a Republican bill that would ban nearly all abortions. Indiana is the first state to hold a special session to consider abortion rights since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. This is obstetrician and abortion rights advocate Amy Caldwell.
Dr. Amy Caldwell: “My primary objective today in testifying is to relay that abortion is common, it is safe, and that all of the proposed restrictions in Senate Bill 1 are unnecessary and harmful. … My colleagues are fearful to do their jobs, fearful of being criminalized and fearful for criminalizing our patients.”