The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that it is setting up a task force focused on access to abortion in the event of a ban on the procedure nationwide. The Detroit News reported.
The move comes after a leaked draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court is likely overturn Rowe v. Wade’s 1973 decision guaranteeing the constitutional protection of abortion rights. The Michigan Task Force aims to determine how the abortion ban will affect clinical care, education, student health and other areas. It will consider how to adapt clinical training programs at the University’s Academic Medical Center, Michigan Medicine, covering abortion and other reproductive care if abortion is prohibited. A task force will develop guidelines for health professionals in Michigan and create resources for patients and others on campus seeking abortion outside the state.
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Marshall Runge have set up a task force that also includes heads of clinical teams of Michigan Medicine and School of Medicine, Office of the Chief Legal Adviser, Human Resources, University Health Services and University Services.
“The specter of a complete abortion ban in Michigan is a cause for concern. I strongly support access to abortion care, ”Coleman said in a statement. “We have a women’s institution; we care about our own communities as well as those we serve through clinical care and education. I am deeply concerned about how the ban on abortion will affect UM’s medical education, our research and the care of communities in need. ”
The university also said in a press release that Michigan Medicine is still dedicated to providing a full range of health services, including abortion. Michigan medicine is often seen as “the last resort for people seeking help with abortions in the state as well as in neighboring states,” said co-chair of the task force Dr. Lisa Harris, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology.