A key piece of OB-GYN training — how to perform an abortion — could soon be stricken from medical schools’ curriculum in states that make the practice illegal.
Why it matters: A Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would not only affect patients but drastically alter medical education and force young doctors to find workarounds to develop a skill deemed essential by professional bodies.
What they’re saying: “The implications for our field are devastating,” Kavita Vinekar, assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told Axios.
- “The politicization of our field has made the public think of abortion as a very separate thing from reproductive care when really it’s very much intertwined in what we do,” Vinekar said.
- “Abortion care is very much intertwined with miscarriage management, with pregnancy care, with overall reproductive care,” she said.
By the numbers: 128 of the roughly 300