“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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We Stand With Abortion Care Providers — and We’re Proud to Provide

Stand with abortion providers

Every day, abortion providers endure harassment and threats simply because of the care that they offer patients. The recent attacks on Planned Parenthood underline the reality of the anti-choice movement: They want to stop access to safe, legal abortion. The group behind this latest fraud has executed 10 separate attack campaigns over the last eight years in an effort to ban abortion and block women’s access to care at Planned Parenthood.

Here is President and CEO Jodi Magee’s statement on the Planned Parenthood smear campaign:

“Women who have abortions often wish to donate tissue for research that can lead to lifesaving medical and scientific breakthroughs. This is done in a generous and altruistic frame of mind with the hope that they can help support advancements in medicine and helping other women and families who would benefit from the research. There are legal and ethical standards that reproductive health care providers follow in order to facilitate these donations. Physicians for Reproductive Health deplores the deceptive tactics used to distort and malign the importance of fetal tissue donation and offers support for women and providers that make the compassionate decision to donate.”

Now more than ever, physicians who provide abortion care and the allied health professionals who work at reproductive health clinics need your support. Please share this image on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform and tell your friends and family that you #StandWithAbortionCareProviders. Or, you can simply share our own Facebook and Twitter posts. 

Medicine Wins Out Over Politics in North Dakota

Dr. Nancy StanwoodWe are thrilled and relieved that North Dakota’s House Bill 1456, the most extreme abortion ban in the United States, has been permanently blocked. Via our colleagues at the Center for Reproductive Rights, some background on the law:

North Dakota’s HB 1456—which was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple in March 2013—is the earliest and most extreme abortion ban in the nation, making virtually all abortions in the state illegal as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Thomas A. Dickson of the Dickson Law Office in Bismarck filed the lawsuit in June 2013 challenging the ban on behalf of Red River Women’s Clinic—the state’s sole abortion provider. A federal district court judge temporarily blocked the ban in July 2013 and then permanently blocked the law in April 2014, noting “the United States Supreme Court has spoken and has unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.”

Our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood had this to say on the ruling’s significance:

“As physicians caring for the nation’s women, we applaud the ruling from the federal appeals court that confirms what we know: Decisions about reproductive health and well-being should be left to a woman and her doctor. Politicians have no place in my patient’s exam room, and their bans on safe, legal abortion deny women access to critical medical care, injuring their health and insulting their dignity. With the courts upholding time and again American women’s right to access abortion care, we physicians hope that politicians will stop interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and instead focus on issues that can actually improve women’s health.” 

The EACH Woman Act: A Bold Step Forward

Dr. Willie Parker“A woman’s options shouldn’t be dictated by how much money she makes. It’s time to put an end to this discriminatory practice. It is not just a matter of fairness, it is a matter of justice.” – Dr. Willie Parker

Physicians for Reproductive Health joined a large coalition today in praising the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Diane DeGette (D-CO), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) along with 66 cosponsors to ensure that every woman insured through the federal government can have access to abortion care. The EACH Woman Act will overturn the Hyde Amendment that for over 40 years has barred coverage of abortion for these women. This includes not only those who have Medicaid insurance, but also those who are insured through the Indian Health Service, serve in the military or the Peace Corps, or hold federal government jobs.

Read Physicians board chair-elect Dr. Willie Parker‘s entire statement here

Our New Video: “Why I Provide”

This spring, we undertook the mission of adding a new chapter to our wildly popular publication, Why I Provide, which was originally published in 2004. For this update, we teamed up with producer/director Linda Porto to film five physicians in our network as they spoke about their lives, their careers, and their motivations: Dr. Jennifer Amico, Dr. Bhavik Kumar, Dr. Gillian Dean, Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Kathleen Morrell, and board member Dr. Willie Parker.

This five-minute video highlights why each of them considers it an honor and a privilege to be an abortion provider and continue this vital work, despite mounting restrictions and threats to their safety. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.