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ALBANY, NY (June 21, 2022) – Today, Elle.com published an op -ed by State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett who, for the first time, shared her personal abortion story in general and discussed the importance of safety. Abortion access for all in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v Jackson. Excerpts from the op-ed are available below and the full text can be viewed online here.

Today, abortion is a difficult issue. But when I needed an abortion as a medical student in 1979, it wasn’t a difficult decision for me.

I’m at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, preparing to enter what is sure to be a grueling internship in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital. Up to this point, I had covered all ages of young adults-eight years of school and countless hours working, studying, and testing — ready to be a doctor, not a parent. I’m almost there …

The full text can be viewed online here.

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