Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas’ dangerous and restrictive abortion law. Board Chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood responds:
Imagine if your doctor told you, “I know you had an appointment today, but because of a new law I can’t treat you. There’s another physician 300 miles away who might be able to help you…” You would feel angry, upset, and possibly desperate. This is a position that many women in Texas now find themselves in.
Physicians for Reproductive Health welcomes Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH, who joined the organization this August as our first Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, a year-long position with organizational roles in policy, media, medical education, and development activities.
Dr. Wang is a graduate of the Family Planning Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in family medicine and earned her MD. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Dr. Wang has presented at national and regional medical conferences on a range of reproductive and sexual health topics. She is an alumna of our Leadership Training Academy, in which she participated in extensive media and advocacy training.
In her first two months as Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, Dr. Wang has met with the offices of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to discuss the proposed 20-week abortion ban as well as attending medical conferences on behalf of the organization. She has published two letters to the editor in the Albany Times Union and the New York Daily News. Recently, she participated in a Q&A panel after a showing of the documentary After Tiller in New York. She also raised money for Physicians at the New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile. In the coming weeks, Dr. Wang will help us welcome the Leadership Training Academy class of 2014 as a mentor and faculty member.
Dr. Wang sees her role at Physicians for Reproductive Health as an opportunity to build on the advocacy skills she gained during the Academy training, to foster physician-advocates for contraception and abortion access, and to work toward furthering sound reproductive health policy at the state and national levels: “This is an incredible and unique opportunity to become a stronger advocate for my patients and to work on expanding the community of physician-advocates for reproductive health.” Read More