Catholic Student Group at U. Minnesota Medical School in Duluth Called ‘Controversial’ for Opposing ‘Gender Affirming Care’ for Minors
“My biggest concern is many of these students will be working in rural areas, and there’s already a lack of access to that type of care”
This is a classic case of liberal media narrative framing. The Catholic students who oppose ‘gender affirming care’ for minors are the ‘controversial’ ones, not the other way around.
From the Star Tribune:
Controversial group at University of Minnesota Duluth medical school divides students
A Catholic group for students at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth that opposes gender-affirming care is fracturing the small, rural-focused program.
The student section of the Catholic Medical Association, which also includes students enrolled in the U’s Duluth campus College of Pharmacy, formed in 2021. It aligns with Catholic beliefs that largely oppose gender-affirming care for minors, which includes medications to suppress puberty and hormones for older teens, as well as contraception and abortion, according to its website.
“My days were filled with so many lectures and guidelines that I knew were not right or ordered at all and they were most definitely against our beliefs as Catholics,” wrote Emma Pero, the first president of the group, in an essay on the site.
The Duluth campus of the U’s medical program, where most students stay for two years before moving on to the Twin Cities or a rural town for training, focuses on family medicine in rural areas and Native American communities. The rural focus has some fellow students worrying how those beliefs will affect future patient care, particularly where gender care is involved.
“My biggest concern is many of these students will be working in rural areas, and there’s already a lack of access to that type of care,” said third-year medical student Morgan Johnson. “These patients will be at a higher risk than they already were.”
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