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Rozalyn Love of Medical Students for Choice Speaks Out

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Rozalyn Farmer Love, of Medical Students for Choice is a third-year medical student at the University of Alabama, and plans on becoming an obstretician-gynecologist as well as an abortion provider. She recounts her story in the June 7 edition of the Washington Post.

Hailing from a conservative Christian family, Rozalyn was taught that abortion is wrong. She has wanted to be a doctor since she was 4 years old, and in high school she was drawn to women's health.

Rozalyn was always shocked by how little her friends -- women who were planning to become doctors- knew about their own sexual health.

She says, "They didn't know about or couldn't get the reproductive health care they needed because of barriers put up by their culture, their religion and their parents, whose sole contribution to sex ed was generally an unspoken Thou shalt not!"

Rozalyn does not talk to her parents about her beliefs, but says that they might have more in common than her family might think. She stated that she agrees that ending an unwanted pregnancy is a tragedy. But she also believes that it is a very private and personal decision. Women who don't want to be pregnant, according to Rozalyn, will not be deterred by very limited access to providers. She thinks that it is immoral to let them die rather than give them competent and safe care.

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