Watch: Medical students walk out as anti-abortion keynote speaker arrives on stage

Incoming students of the University of Michigan Medical School stage a walkout during their white coat ceremony to protest the invitation of an anti-abortion doctor, Dr. Kristin Collier, who was invited to the event as a keynote speaker.

White coat ceremonies, also known as initiation ceremonies, are held in medical schools to welcome new medical students as they are presented with a doctor’s coat.

The video, which shows students in white coats walking out of the auditorium as Dr Kristin Collier begins her speech, is going viral on social media.

Interestingly, the ceremony took place a month later on July 24. US Supreme Court overturns 50-year-old Roe v Wade decisionwhich previously guaranteed abortion access nationwide.

A week before the initiation ceremony, 350 students from the University of Michigan Medical School signed a petition urging officials not to invite Dr.

In the petition, he wrote, “While we support the rights to freedom of speech and religion, an anti-choice speaker as a representative of the University of Michigan undermines the university’s position on abortion and non-universal, theology-based forums.” Supports restricting access to abortion, an essential part of medical care”.

“It is not merely a disagreement over personal opinion; Through our demand, we stand in solidarity against groups that are trying to take away human rights and restrict medical care,” he said.