FORMERLY PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND HEALTH

“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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Doctors Speak Out for Women’s Health Protection Act

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a groundbreaking piece of proactive, pro-choice legislation: the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would create much-needed federal protections against state-level restrictions on reproductive rights.

Dr. Nancy StanwoodPhysicians for Reproductive Health submitted written testimony from board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood (left) in support of the Act. From her testimony:

“Every woman has her own unique circumstances and must be able to make personal medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion, without political interference.… As physicians, we work every day to make sure our patients receive the high-quality health care they need in a safe, respectful environment. We need the Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure that all women have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, regardless of where they live. It is critical to the lives and health of our patients that this bill passes.”

Read the entire testimony here.

Dr. Willie Parker at WHPAIn addition, our board member Dr. Willie Parker (pictured at right, with Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO Nancy Northup, who also testified) testified on behalf of the women he serves in Mississippi, where there now is only one clinic at which women can access safe, legal abortion care. Speaking about his work, Dr. Parker testified:

“I want for women what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute. We know that when women have access to abortion, contraception, and medically accurate sex education, they thrive. It should be the same for all women, no matter where they live.”

Watch video of his testimony on C-SPAN here, and read his testimony here

Statement of Dr. Willie Parker, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on S. 1696, Women’s Health Protection Act

“I want for women what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute. We know that when women have access to abortion, contraception, and medically accurate sex education, they thrive. It should be the same for all women, no matter where they live. The ability to live the life you imagine should not be limited by your zip code.”

 

Physicians Testimony on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2014 (S. 1696)

Physicians welcomes the opportunity to submit testimony on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2014 (S. 1696). This critical bill would ensure that all women are able to make personal decisions about reproductive health care, regardless of where they live.

 

Buffer Zones Critical to Protecting Patient Privacy and Safety

Today, in a unanimous ruling on McCullen v. Coakley, the United States Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts’ commonsense state law establishing buffer zones outside of reproductive health care clinics. As doctors who work at such clinics and who have witnessed the threats, intimidation, and harassment of anti-choice protesters, this ruling is profoundly disappointing.

Dr. Nancy Stanwood, our board chair, called the ruling "a blow to women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care," adding: "Buffer zones are a critical tool in providing privacy and protection to patients and staff at embattled clinics. It is highly disappointing that the court discounted the findings of the legislature and recommendations of law enforcement officers in Massachusetts who favored the buffer zone law, recognizing its effectiveness in maintaining public safety."

Leadership Training Academy fellow Dr. Shannon Connelly, who worked at a Boston clinic, said: "Having feared for my own safety in this environment, I could easily empathize with the patients who were reduced to tears because they were frightened by the intimidation tactics of the so-called sidewalk counselors."

Read more of their comments in our press release, which is available here.