Medical Students are Choosing to Attend Residency in States Without Abortion Bans
With Gov. Brian Kemp’s extreme abortion ban in effect, Georgia medical students are now rethinking practicing medicine in the Peach State due to the rectrictive new law, which risks worsening the state’s physician shortage. With Georgia already ranking a dismal 39th in the nation for physicians per capita and projections showing a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians by 2034, Kemp’s radical ban on abortion stands to exacerbate the shortage, threatening the state’s health care infrastructure and Georgians’ health.
Despite wanting to work as primary care physicians in underserved and rural communities across Georgia, the medical students fear facing criminal charges for providing medically-necessary care, because politicians like Kemp — with no medical training or expertise — have arbitrarily decided which care is legal under state law.
The issues raised by the medical students echoed problems raised by Georgia doctors during a panel discussion last week, where the physicians shared how Kemp’s abortion ban is detrimental to the training of new doctors, especially OB/GYNs, and worsens Georgia’s physician and nurse shortage.
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