To the Editor:
As a gynecologist, abortion provider, and Columbia alumna, I would like to thank Columbia Health Services and congratulate the students who spoke up to re-establish financial support through a discretionary fund to ensure confidential reproductive health services for women at Columbia University (“After concerns, Health Services creates fund for confidential services, including abortions,” Oct. 22).
For all women, the changing landscape of health insurance reconfigures what reproductive health services are covered for whom. Columbia University should be commended for protecting students’ access to confidential reproductive health services, especially abortion. Reproductive health care continues to be under attack in virtually every region of the country. It is incumbent on institutions of higher learning such as Columbia to set the bar as high as possible for reproductive freedom, both to ensure unfettered access to members of the Columbia community, and to set an example for the rest of the country.
Anne Davis, M.D., M.P.H. ’02
Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Columbia University Medical Center