At least 70 medical students walked out of their White Coat Ceremony as an abortion rights protest against their controversial keynote speaker.
In recent years, we've seen a renewed sense of activism from students who see the issues of the day reflected in the policies and decisions made around them. And whether they're protesting the gender inequality they see in school dress codes or tackling their college's homophobic policies by handing their school's president pride flags during graduation, they're not afraid to lead with their principles.
And in the weeks since the reversal of Roe V. Wade, outrage has built over the consequences for healthcare among children and adults that have resulted from leaving what was once a federally protected right to abortion up to the states.
Those considerations were firmly in the minds of one beginning class of Michigan medical students when they learned their White Coat Ceremony would feature a keynote speaker with a history of being anti-abortion. And they found a big way to show their disapproval.