To: Members of the University Community
From: Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost, and Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Subject: Reproductive Services Through the University of Chicago Medicine
Date: June 24, 2022
We write concerning the ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson, which holds that abortion is not a right protected by the United States Constitution. This ruling raises questions about access to abortion nationwide, and we want to clarify how the University of Chicago will address abortion from a medical perspective.
The University of Chicago, through our dedicated physicians, nurses, and medical staff at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), remains committed to providing a full spectrum of safe reproductive healthcare. In Illinois, where abortion remains legal, we will continue to provide contraception/family planning, fertility treatment, care for general and high-risk pregnancies, abortion, and miscarriage management.
We recognize the responsibility and the essential role that UCM has for the community and for patients needing high-quality care. UCM has a lengthy record of providing high-quality, evidence-based reproductive healthcare and a strong reputation of training the brightest future physicians to offer these clinical services to patients. Our health system will continue this commitment.