Texas SB 8 is a direct attack on abortion access. We oppose this and any legislation that violates the patient-provider relationship and disproportionately affects underserved and under-resourced communities. All healthcare providers, including genetic counselors, should be able to deliver patient-centered care without fear of retribution. Genetic counselors are bound by our code of ethics, which requires that we provide patients with complete and unbiased information. We stand by our position statement on reproductive freedom, which supports the right of all individuals to make reproductive choices, including access to safe abortion.
We encourage genetic counselors to speak with their risk management/legal teams at their institutions for further guidance. We are working with local chapters and national organizations to provide support to genetic counselors whose practice is affected by SB 8.
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NSGC membership has given me several opportunities to further develop leadership ability in ways that were not readily available through employers. Through SIGs and Committees, I've attained new skills, received formal leadership training, and built a larger network that has made a tremendous impact on my career.
Through NSGC, I am able to participate in opportunities that positively influence my professional growth and further my knowledge and abilities as a genetic counselor through the multitude of continuing education options available