I want to acknowledge the impact of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling issued today by the United States Supreme Court overturning the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which has allowed women and people who can become pregnant to access safe and legal abortions for the last 50 years. For many this is a time of personal pain, and for our society it represents a deep and divisive challenge. This is a ruling that will deeply impact members of our community and so many across the country.
As a women’s health nurse practitioner and public health advocate, I have spent my career working to support reproductive rights for all people. At Bentley’s Health Center, we respect all health care decisions and provide healthcare without bias. As clinicians, we always work to provide the care that is needed and asked of us, regardless of opinion or belief. Even with today’s ruling, that will not change.
The opinion issued by the Court today does not change the health care options available in Massachusetts or at Bentley. At the Health Center, our clinicians are experienced in helping all patients navigate their sexual and reproductive health choices, including providing education and access to contraception and emergency contraception, as well as providing counseling when faced with decisions about what to do following a positive pregnancy test. During the summer break, when the Health Center is not open for clinical care, clinicians are still available to offer support and guidance to all students, regardless of location.
Today’s decision comes at a time when we are grappling with many complex and difficult societal issues. It’s more important than ever that you know there are resources and people available to assist you. Our students deserve the very best support, counseling and care. We are committed to providing just that. For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Health Center directly at 781-891-2222 or by email at GA_healthcenter@bentley.edu.
Yours in health,
Julia Matthews, MSN, MPH
Director, Health Center