Hello fellow premeds,
As we journey into applying for medical school we must arm ourselves in our knowledge of the past 3 or so years. We will be filling out our AMCAS and preparing ourselves with current events in medicine. Today (and yesterday) was one of those days that changed the way we think in society
1. TEXAS Senate Bill 5 (the Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill) was successfully filibustered by Texas Democrats (yes, they exist)
2. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional
3. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that California’s Proposition 8 should not be ruled on by the SCOTUS and was sent back to the lower courts.
But, what do these mean to you as an undergrad being asked these questions?
A: Many things.
1. Women’s rights and reproductive rights. TX SB-5 if passed, would be one of the toughest laws against Abortion. The law, broken down, basically states that clinics must create a hospital- sterile environment to provide service, proscription abortion drugs must be prescribed in person, no abortions after 20 weeks, and that doctors preforming abortions must be on staff of a local hospital within a 30 mile radius of the clinic. Looking at both sides:
“Pro-Life”: these sterile environments will protect women from dangerous complications within surgery and also protect the rights of the unborn fetus.
“Pro-Choice”: this will shut down all but 5 abortion clinics in the 2nd largest state in the union and cause women to possibly make drastic measure and end up in the hospital because they used a back alley instead of a clinic.
Looking at this is important and if you are pro-life or pro-choice you,as a doctor, might be affected if your patient resorts to desperate measures because she lives on the boarder of TX and Mexico and cannot afford to go 300 miles. It also raises women’s rights issues. Is it right for the government to tell a women what she can do with her private lady parts? Should TX have better sex education (abstinence works 100% for those who follow, what about those who don’t?) dealing with the fact that maybe teens are having sex regardless and have strict abortion laws?
2. And 3. Gay marriage.
It is a happy day for LGBTQs!!! The outdated 1996 law, DOMA, staying that marriage is between a man and a woman has been ruled unconstitutional by the SCOTUS! Also,Cali’s Prop 8, banning gay marriage, has been sent back to the lower courts that have already deemed it unconstitutional! So now those same-sex couples can enjoy the benefits of being married in the eyes of the federal law and the 13 states that deem it legal. If asked about how this is changing health care you can spin it many different ways you seem fit, because this opens a lot of doors for those in the LGBTQ community. Maybe you could even spin it to promote the need to stress to everyone that its actually super Important that EVERYONE no matter what sex you are to use protection to stop the spread of STD’s and STI’s.
We will be updating you with what comes of the TX SB5 next Monday (July 1st) Two of our Premed Staff will be at the capital so please come out and join if you can!