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Dear (My Ob/Gyn)

Dear Doctor XYZ,
Thank you for being my doctor. I greatly appreciate the time I’ve spent at your practice. You and your staff have been there for me during good and bad times, through pregnancies, miscarriages, and birth.

I’m writing to you today to raise my voice in concern. I have been watching the laws sweep across our country limiting access to abortion and I am worried.  I support access to abortion, and I am worried that it has been marginalized in the medical community.  This is endangering the lives of women, especially those who are already vulnerable.

As a medical professional, especially one who deals in obstetrics and gynecology, I think that you are placed to support the abortion access our community needs. It disappoints me to see our abortion providers, even when they are privately supported, publicly abandoned.

One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetimes.  This common, safe, crucial procedure is being pushed into a dangerous ambiguous realm.  Will we even have enough providers, with abortion excised  from doctors offices and hospitals?

I want you to know that I believe abortion is healthcare.  Abortion is just one stop on the spectrum of reproductive healthcare.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your advocacy, or to support abortion access in our community.

Signed, Your Patient

Dear Dean Johnston

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.