The Case No One is Talking About: The Threat to Mifepristone
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by The O+G Advocates
2M ago
In the last episode of 2022, The O+G Advocates talk with Christine Clarke, a civil rights and constitutional lawyer currently at Reavis Page Jump LLP in New York City.  Until this past January, she worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, representing Planned Parenthood affiliates in litigation around the country fighting to preserve abortion access.  In Mid-November 2022, several anti-abortion groups and four anti-choice physicians filed a lawsuit in Amarillo, Texas against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claiming that the FDA unlawfully fast tracked the appro ..read more
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Sterilization Station: What OB/GYNs Need to Know About the Patient Rush for Permanent Contraception
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by The O+G Advocates
4M ago
More than ever before, patients are seeking out OB/GYNs and requesting permanent contraception in huge numbers. There are Reddit lists and social media posts with lists of physicians who will help. So why are people asking for permanent contraception now? And what is the evidence to support the surgeons doing the procedures? The Advocates are joined by Dr. Nikki Zite, an OB/GYN in Tennessee and formidable researcher on permanent contraception.  Follow Dr. Zite on Twitter @nikkizitemd and Join the conversation on our Instagram and Twitter pages! Resources mentioned: - CREST study - ACOG Pr ..read more
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Storytellers: Five Women Share their Illegal Abortion Stories Pre-Roe
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by The O+G Advocates
7M ago
Abortion existed before Roe and will certainly continue after the Dobbs decision. In this episode, the Advocates welcome The Bad Old Days Posse. This group of women had illegal abortions or helped friends get illegal abortions in the 1960s, worked to get Roe passed, and are still working to ensure access to abortion today.   These stories from the past reflect the desperation of people seeking abortion care and the lengths they will go to control their own bodily autonomy. Trigger warning: Some of the stories told in this episode include graphic descriptions of illegal abortion in the 196 ..read more
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Practicing Pre-Roe: Learning From Our Past
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
The Advocates share their reactions to SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, both in their own states and in our country. Later in the episode, they are joined by Dr. Henry Klapholz, a professor emeritus OB/GYN who lived and worked through pre-Roe years. We discuss the dangers of the pre-Roe era, what complications we should worry about now that abortion is prohibited in many places, as well as what is different now that self-managed abortion is an option for patients. There are so many things we can do, even if we are feeling hopeless and scared right now. Check out the resources below and ..read more
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The Intersection of Racism and the Anti-Abortion Movement
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
The O+G Advocates welcome Jennifer Villavicencio, MD, MPP to discuss the intersection of racism and the anti-abortion movement. As the country prepares for the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v Jackson, which will likely overturn the federally protected right to abortion, Dr. Villvicencio discussed how we got here in history and why abortion restriction is born out of racism. Tune in to hear the predictions of how bad it will be, and listen in to find community and hope in the advocacy still to be done. Resources mentioned: National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF): https://abortionfunds.org Plan C ..read more
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Rage Episode: Reactions to the SCOTUS Leak
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
The O+G Advocates react to the leaked SCOTUS Opinion, along with Drs. Caitlin Bernard, Luu Ireland, and Tracey Wilkinson. These abortion activists discuss the implication of overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion, and talk honestly about how frustrated and angry they are at this juncture. We come together in community, not only to grieve this impact on our patients, but also to support each other and find a way forward. Tune in to this special reaction episode, where we curse, rage, and strategize how to get through this moment in history. Follow our guests ..read more
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Matchmaker, Make Me a Match! A Conversation with Medical Students about the Residency Application Process
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
In this episode, the O+G Advocates speak with two fourth-year medical school students regarding their experience interviewing for OBGYN Residency Spots. OBGYN has become a coveted field in the last 10 years, with 20% of US MD Medical seniors failing to match into the specialty. They take us through their experience, the stresses of applying to a highly competitive specialty during the time of COVID, and how they navigated the possibility of training in a post-Roe v Wade world.  We also had the distinct opportunity to ask about their opinions on the upcoming changes to OBGYN residency inte ..read more
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Defending Democracy: A Discussion with Skye Perryman, CEO of Democracy Forward
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
ACOG members will recognize the name and impact of this episode's guest! The Advocates welcome Skye Perryman, President and CEO of Democracy Forward and former Chief Legal Counsel at ACOG. Skye talks about the recent decision on mifepristone administration, the legal ramifications of changing abortion legislation across the country, and challenges physicians to rise to the challenge of defending patient autonomy. Skye has spent her career defending rights to reproductive health access, including abortion, and shining honest light on inequities in health care. Join the conversation and get ..read more
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Toxic Exposures At Work: How Ob/Gyns Can Advocate for Environmental Justice
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
In our first episode of 2022, The O+G Advocates speak with Dr. Minako Watabe about her advocacy work related to occupational toxin exposure for pregnant farm workers. This is a great continuation of our discussion with Dr. DeNicola on the critical interaction between environment and health for our patients. You won't want to miss this one! CHAMACOS Study https://cerch.berkeley.edu/research-programs/chamacos-study Pregnant At Work- UC Hastings Center for Work Life Law https://pregnantatwork.org/about/ Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php CA Rural Legal Assist ..read more
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Double Discrimination: How ObGyns are harmed by low pay and reimbursement
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by The O+G Advocates
9M ago
In this episode, the O+G Advocates speak with Dr. Louise King MD, JD, a fellow OB/GYN, and fearless women’s health advocate. Dr. King discusses the double discrimination in gynecologic surgery and how it negatively impacts patient outcomes. She touches on the historical influences that created a system in which women’s health care is not valued which in turn drives the lower rate in reimbursement for gynecologic surgery. The poor reimbursement negatively impacts female surgeons who make up the majority of gynecologic surgeons today. You can read her article here.   ..read more
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