Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Abortion Rights Are Health Care Rights

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As many of you know, last week the Supreme Court voted not to block Texas law SB8, which bans abortion after six weeks, including in instances of rape and incest. The law – a near-total ban on abortion and one of the strictest in the country – sets a deeply concerning precedent for other states. The law is uniquely insidious in that it is enforced by incentivizing private citizens with a $10,000 bounty to sue people who provide abortion care or help those who need it.

As leaders of an organization committed to improving the health of our communities and advancing health worldwide, we denounce this law. It attacks our deeply held values of health equality and dignity for all people, and for evidence-based health care.

This law infringes on basic human rights to reproductive autonomy and will have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities. History shows that laws like this result in greater numbers of women managing their own abortions, which could put them at risk for criminalization, or facing the health and economic risks of carrying unwanted pregnancies to term.

UCSF has a proud history of advocating for reproductive health and education – providing exemplary patient care to all women, especially those who face barriers due to systematic oppression; training and inspiring the next generation of reproductive health leaders; and improving policy and practice through research and scholarship.

As informed citizens, we have a duty to call out and work to eliminate laws that disadvantage our fellow people. And as health care professionals, we have a duty to advocate for evidence-based, comprehensive health care, including abortion access for all.

Learn more about UCSF’s training programs and resources on the topic of abortion:

Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health – in the ZSFG Division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (Ob, Gyn & RS)

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) – generates evidence to support access to abortion care

The TEACH Program – trains family medicine residents in abortion care

Ryan Residency Training Program – supports ob-gyn training in abortion care

Innovating Education in Reproductive Health – curates curriculum about abortion, including their When Abortion is Not available series

Zuckerberg San Francisco General – clinical care and training

UCSF Health Women’s Options Center – clinical care and training

UCSF School of Nursing

We thank you for your support of this important work, as we continue eliminating barriers to quality health care for women in the Bay Area, the nation, and the world.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Dean, UCSF School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor, Medical Affairs