Univeristy of Minnesota students seek return of medical fellowship

Published 7:05 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Student activists at the University of Minnesota are trying to reinstate a medical school fellowship in reproductive health that the school has delayed following opposition from anti-abortion groups.

University officials announced earlier this month that the fellowship would be delayed for a year as they examine the value of the training. The program was scheduled to begin this fall.

According to a press release, students from the Minnesota Student Association and Professional Student Government launched a petition last week addressed to university President Eric Kaler and medical school Dean Jakub Tolar.

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The petition said the university gave in to pressure from lawmakers who threatened to pull funding if the institution didn’t remove the fellowship. The petition said that the university as a public institution shouldn’t let partisan politics influence educational programs.