Midwest Access Project  envisions a society in which every person has access to comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered sexual and reproductive health care in their community.

Over 1/3 of all ob-gyn training programs do not offer routine abortion training.

Fewer than 10% of family medicine residency programs offer routine training in first trimester abortion.

A 2015 review found that more than 40% of ob/gyn and family medicine residencies in Illinois were housed in religiously restrictive hospitals.

A May 2018 study found that the Midwest had the fewest number of abortion clinics based on the population of women of childbearing age.

What good is the legal right to abortion care without access to trained providers?

Putting professionally trained reproductive healthcare providers on the MAP since 2007.

Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care by training providers in abortion, miscarriage care, contraception, and pregnancy options counseling.

Rooted in the Midwest, MAP’s innovative training model fills gaps nationwide in medical education and clinical training.


My training with Midwest Access Project solidified my decision to become an abortion provider—and a reproductive justice champion. If it wasn’t for the training and the connections I made as a result, I never would have become so involved.


-MAP clinical training alum

In the Media

  • Learn the Details about Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law. The New York Times published an article answering common questions about this unconstitutional law. Read more.
  • Black Americans Have Reasons To Distrust The New COVID Vaccine. WBEZ’s Reset program hosted an important conversation about the long history of racism in healthcare and its impact on communities of color during the pandemic. Listen. 
  • MAP co-founder Dr. Debra Stulberg discusses access to contraception in Chicago. Dr. Stulberg appeared on WBEZ’s “Reset with Jenn White” on a show entitled, “Closing the Gap Series Looks at Non-Equal Access to Contraceptive Care”.  The episode aired in December 2019. Listen.
  • Becoming an abortion provider is filled with barriers, too.  Physicians, students and residents speak out about the barriers they overcame to get trained in abortion care.  Read More.
  • Why are so many medical students using papayas to get trained in abortion care? Students around the country share the barriers they faced trying to get abortion training. Read more about the extraordinary work to bring training to them. Read More.

Community Events

  • Thursday / February 25, 2021 / American University Library’s Exploring Social Justice Series featured Deirdre Cooper Owens, an award winning author, historian, and reproductive justice advocate. Ms. Cooper Owens presented “The Long Arm of Slavery in the Development of American Gynecology” which discussed the influence and impact of medical racism in reproductive medicine. Watch the presentation.
  • Tuesday / June 22 / MAP hosted an online workshop for medical students, residents, clinicians and APC students entitled, “Self-Managed Abortion Out Loud” with Dr. April Lockley. Read more on our Provider and Community Education page.
  • MAP IS HIRING! / MAP is accepting applications for Individual Clinical Training Manager.  Read the position announcement and share with your networks. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
  • Saturday / October 2 / Save the date for a rally and march in downtown Chicago to protest Texas’ unconstitutional abortion ban and demand action to protect access to abortion care for all people.


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