Statement Regarding the Family Planning Experience of Our Residents

At UH Cleveland Medical Center MacDonald Women’s Hospital we remain dedicated to providing the full scope of complex family planning training. Shortly following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the Ohio judicial system lifted a three-year injunction on the state’s Senate Bill 23, more commonly recognized as the “Heartbeat Bill.” As such, abortions performed in Ohio are now illegal after the detection of fetal cardiac activity, or approximately six weeks into a pregnancy, except in the case of a medical emergency or serious risk of death or substantial irreversible impairment of a major bodily function to the pregnant person. As an institution, we are still able to provide life-saving pregnancy terminations. Therefore, our residents will still be trained in these procedures. All residents complete at least one family planning rotation and gain experience in the field, including comprehensive contraceptive counseling, abortion care, pregnancy options counseling, and management of early pregnancy loss. We have been a Ryan Residency Training Program since 2010, allowing our residents to consider potentially supported travel to a partnering program to pursue more extensive surgical family planning experience if they desire. Now, more than ever, we seek spirited and dedicated OB/Gyns to help energize the fight for reproductive rights. We have always been and will continue to be advocates for comprehensive reproductive health care. If you have questions about family planning training or experience offered in our program, please do not hesitate to reach out.