Over brunch in the spring of 2016, Jennifer Conti, MD, clinical assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University, and Gillian Schivone, MD, an Ob/Gyn in the Midwest, began to talk about wanting to get tattoos. Even though they had been close friends since their fellowship days, and had spent hours talking about patients and their personal lives, this conversation felt different. “It was pretty spontaneous,” Schivone says. Conti, who is also cohost of the V Word Podcast adds, “neither of us had tattoos or had really even considered getting one, but on that morning it seemed right.”
This sudden urge for permanent ink was sparked by being in Texas at a time when TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) had closed about half of the abortion clinics in the state; both women are abortion providers, and they happened to be in Austin for the National Abortion Federation’s annual conference.