A Call to Action

By Shanaye A. Jeffers, MD

I am a young black woman from an urban community and because of this, my role as an Ob-Gyn feels critical right now. Somehow, it’s 2019 and marginalization remains the backbone of this country’s political system. And to be honest, I don’t see an end in our foreseeable future. Yet, I recognize that during this time more than ever my responsibility as a clinical provider, surgeon, advocate, group leader — my voice & my will — is crucial. Or at least I can convince myself that sometimes. Regardless, there is something about my Brooklyn roots and the grit of Ob-Gyn residency mixed with the administration’s pure disrespect for womanhood that has activated me in such a way that at this point, there’s just no going back.

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