ucsfThe University of California’s San Francisco campus has launched the nation’s first-ever online abortion class, creating both interest and outrage across the nation. “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications” is a six-week free class being offered by the university through Coursera, and is to be taught by “over twenty faculty from various institutions and multiple disciplines [who] will place abortion within the context of public health and fill in the gaps left by its exclusion from mainstream curricula in health professions.” “Each week’s lectures will incorporate the stories of women who seek abortion in order to better portray abortion significance and rationale,” the course description further outlines. “Other topics will include a brief history of abortion, the clinical aspects of medication and procedural abortions in and after the first trimester, an overview of patient-centered abortion-care, the basics of abortion counseling, the professional obligations of health care practitioners to ensure that women have access to safe abortion care, and the maze of restrictions that make safe abortion care inaccessible to many women.” It also claims that abortion “has lower morbidity and mortality than childbirth” when performed in sanitary conditions, but that “nearly half of the abortions done in the world are unsafe, according to the WHO definition.” More