“This is not simply a disagreement on personal opinion,” the petition said. “(T)hrough our demand, we are standing up in solidarity against groups who are trying to take away human rights and restrict medical care.”
, who also directs the medical school’s program on health
, spirituality and religion
, has previously expressed anti-abortion views
, including in a Maggio 4 twittare
“(H)olding on to a view of feminism where one fights for the rights of all women and girls, especially those who are most vulnerable. I can’t not lament the violence directed at my prenatal sisters in the act of abortion, done in the name of autonomy,” il tweet letto, aggiungendo successivamente, “Liberation that costs innocent lives is just oppression that is redistributed.”
The university told CNN Collier was chosen to be the keynote speaker by members of the medical school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society. In una dichiarazione, the university stood by the decision to keep her as the event speaker.
“The White Coat Ceremony is not a platform for discussion of controversial issues,” diceva la dichiarazione. “Its focus will always be on welcoming students into the profession of medicine. Dott. Collier never planned to address a divisive topic as part of her remarks. tuttavia, the University of Michigan does not revoke an invitation to a speaker based on their personal beliefs.”
The university also reiterated that its reproductive care still includes abortion.
“The University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine remain committed to providing high quality, safe reproductive care for patients, across all their reproductive health needs. This includes abortion care,” diceva la dichiarazione.
Seguendo il Corte Suprema‘s decision to overturn Roe v
. Guadare, abortion remains legal in Michigan
. While the state had a
1931 abortion ban on the books
, the restriction is temporarily blocked by a state court
CNN reached out to Collier for comment but has not received a response.
Collier said during the ceremony that she was honored to be chosen to speak. Before giving a speech to the new students about how to survive and flourish in the medical field, she appeared to nod to the controversy.
“I want to acknowledge the deep wounds our community has suffered over the past several weeks,” lei disse. “We have a great deal of work to do for healing to occur and I hope that for today, for this time, we can focus on what matters most, coming together to support our newly accepted students and their families with a goal of welcoming them into one of the greatest vocations that exists on this earth — the vocation of medicine.”