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.
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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

  • Saturday / November 6 / Midwest Access Project joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to give a presentation on contraception and abortion care.  This introductory level workshop discussed pregnancy options, different contraceptive methods, the basics of abortion care, and guidelines for inclusive patient-centered counseling. Read more on our Provider and Community Education page.
  • Thursday / November 18 / In partnership with Bayer Pharmaceuticals, MAP is hosting an in-depth training for local medical and nursing students on how to insert and remove intrauterine devices (IUDs). Registration coming soon.
  • Thursday / December 9 / Midwest Access Project is co-sposoring an online event with She Votes Illinois to expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), fake abortion clinics that target those with unintended pregnancies to prevent them from making autonomous decisions. Register for the event.
  • Friday / December 10 / Midwest Access Project will join Chicago Abortion Fund and Northwestern University medical residents to host “Abortion Care 101,” an introductory level presentation to discuss the foundations of abortion care and describe the current state of care access.  This workshop is a private event.  Read more on our Provider and Community Education page.

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