Last week held a pair of frankly offensive, heartbreaking, and in combination baffling rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States.
I will be writing to the Justices to let them know how I feel – about this unfortunate turn in their incorporating religion, and for those stellar dissents written by Justices Bader Ginsburg and Sotomayor.
Justice (or Chief Justice) (Justice’s Full Name)
Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street N.E.
Washington, DC 20543
Chief Justice John Roberts
Justice Samuel Alito
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Stephen Breyer
Justice Elena Kagan
Justice Anthony Kennedy
Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Clarence Thomas
Last week was the anniversary of the Wendy Davis Filibuster in the Texas Senate. We had a party at a local venue here in Austin, and I was there. People wrote letters! Here are three supporters letting their healthcare providers know – we support abortion access.
Dear Dean Johnston,
Congratulations on your recent appointment to lead the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Many of us are excited to have a med school join the UT Austin family.
But some of us were concerned (although not surprised) to see a partnership between the medical school and Seton Healthcare. Seton Healthcare is deeply rooted in Catholicism, and it impedes their ability to provide full spectrum reproductive health services. Women are denied access to procedures they need – from tubal ligation, to birth control pills, to abortion. Even miscarriages come with an extra dose of religion, when you are asked to either give permission for the contents of your uterus to be buried, or take the medical waste away with you.
I believe that abortion access is basic healthcare. Texas is already struggling. We are failing to adequately educate our children about wellness and sexuality. I hope that we will strive to give our medical students a robust education including compassionate reproductive healthcare. We need our doctors to stand strong and protect each other, to help us reclaim medicine from the political realm.
Thank you. Good luck in your new endeavor – and welcome to Texas.
The University of Texas at Austin is building a new medical school. That new medical school is being hosted/built by Seton Healthcare. In case you are not familiar, Seton is the largest Austin area hospital chain, and is Catholic. This considerably impairs their willingness to provide a wide range of reproductive health services, including tubal ligations, access to birth control, and abortions. I will be reaching out to Dr. Johnston, the new dean of the medical school. I want him to know that it is important to me that medical students at UT Austin have access to training along the full reproductive health spectrum.
Dr. Clay Johnston
UCSF Neurology Center
400 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143