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Pediatric Neurosurgeon Reflects on Job and the Post-Roe Landscape

On July 28, Dave Davies of NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed pediatric neurosurgeon John “Jay” Wellons, III, MD, FAANS, about his memoir “All That Moves Us,” which reflects on his experiences operating on children facing critical illnesses and injuries.

When asked what he thinks will happen in the post-Roe landscape, Dr. Wellons states:

I can’t tell you how much I think that this ruling is going to affect what it’s like for families to have these substantial — neurologic, cardiac, urologic — encephaloceles where the gut’s outside the body that is hard to be fixed sometimes. Like, we’re going to see a lot more of these now, and we’re going to have to, as a society, understand that we’re going to have to take care of these children. That’s our job. So, yes, I think it’s going to have an impact.

On Aug. 7, Neurosurgery Blog published a cross-post to amplify the message.