“I found my sense of purpose and place by making the decision to provide abortions,

and it is very much consistent with my core values, in regard to my spirituality and my humanity. That's why I do this work.”

Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc

Abortion Access

As physicians, we believe that speaking about abortion helps remove the stigma that has been attached to it by anti-choice lawmakers and organizations. Legislation that puts politics and ideology before the doctor-patient relationship interferes with our ability to provide the highest level of care to our patients.

In no area of medicine other than abortion do our state and federal governments impose morality-based legislation that has the potential to criminalize doctors and manipulate patients in an attempt to sway their health care decisions.

Physicians for Reproductive Health fights for improved access to safe, legal abortion services by advocating at the state and federal levels, speaking out in the media, and encouraging comprehensive reproductive health education in medical residency education.

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Celebrate Abortion Providers Today!

NDAAPNSToday is National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, observed every year on the anniversary of the day in 1993 when Dr. David Gunn was murdered by an anti-choice extremist. Every year, we honor the courageous medical practitioners who provide this much-needed service and fight the stigma surrounding this safe, legal medical care.

How can you celebrate? Read our Leadership Training Academy Fellows’ stories about why they provide. Download and share our doctors’ messages on social media and say #Thx2AbProviders. Make a donation to Physicians today in honor of your local abortion provider.  Read More

Testimony of Dr. Colleen McNicholas in opposition to Missouri H.B. 1430 and H.B. 1307

No woman should have to endure due state interference with her decision to end a pregnancy. But that is what already happens in Missouri. The legislature should not further obstruct the private decision-making of women and their families. Lawmakers should defeat these harmful bills.

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Our Dr. Stanwood: Insurance Should Cover All Women’s Health Needs

Dr. Nancy StanwoodWith the passage today of H.R. 7 and its attempt to eliminate insurance coverage of abortion, the House of Representatives showed a reckless disregard for the health of millions of Americans. In a press release, Physicians board chair Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, said:

H.R. 7 threatens millions of American women by trying to make insurance coverage for abortion impossible to obtain. My colleagues and I see all too many cases of the suffering experienced by women who can’t afford abortion care…. A woman’s health insurance should meet all her health needs and cover a full range of medical procedures, including abortion. [To] be able to make a real decision based on what’s best for her and her family, she needs to be able to afford her care.

Read the release here. Read Dr. Stanwood’s testimony in opposition to H.R. 7, which includes our doctors’ stories of women for whom the struggle to afford abortion was very real.  Read More

On Roe’s 41st Anniversary, Looking Back

Voices of ChoiceForty one years ago, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States. To mark the anniversary today, we share our short documentary, Voices of Choice: Physicians Who Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade.

This video features physicians and advocates who helped as many women as they could before the legalization of abortion: Bylle Avery, our board member Dr. Curtis Boyd, Dr. Eugene Glick (1929-2010), Dr. Mildred Hanson, Reverend Howard Moody (1921-2012), Dr. George Tiller (1941-2009), and more.

The suffering they saw moved these men and women to push for safe, legal abortion for anyone who needs that care.  Now more than ever, their experiences inspire us and remind us why we won’t stop fighting until abortion is truly accessible to all across the United States, without needless restrictions that hurt women and their families.

Watch Voices of Choice today.  Read More