Board Chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH

Dr. Nancy StanwoodDr. Nancy Stanwood is on faculty at the Yale School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Section Chief of Family Planning. She is also the Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Dr. Stanwood joined the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health in June 2008 and became secretary of the executive committee in 2009. She became chair in June 2013.

Dr. Stanwood in the news:

Doctors Group: Today’s House Vote Part of a Pattern to Limit Abortion Access

“This needs to stop. Taking away insurance coverage does not reduce the need for abortions; it only makes it harder for women to get safe medical care.”

Today, the House voted 392-37 to pass the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Anti-choice representatives took the unnecessary step of including a Hyde Amendment-style provision in the bill, which will vastly expand the restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion. This is a cruel, political move that will disproportionately impact young people, low-income women, and women of color.

Physicians for Reproductive Health board chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH, issued the following statement:

“As physicians, my colleagues and I support access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including timely, compassionate abortion care. No one should be denied access to a safe and legal abortion, yet for so many, no insurance coverage for this care makes abortion very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.

“A woman’s health insurance should meet all of her health care needs, regardless of where her coverage comes from. We strongly oppose these anti-woman, anti-choice politicians’ efforts in Congress to attach the Hyde Amendment’s harmful abortion restrictions on bill after bill. These actions stigmatize abortion, limit access to care, and harm women’s dignity and health.

“Today is just part of a pattern of politicians interfering with personal decision-making.  We’ve seen it again and again: They can’t make abortion illegal, so instead they try to make it harder to get.

“This needs to stop. Taking away insurance coverage does not reduce the need for abortions; it only makes it harder for women to get timely, safe medical care.

“If our Congress members truly value the health and economic stability of women and families in the United States, they will work to reverse abortion coverage restrictions and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care.” 

Our Doctors to Congress: Pass Legislation That Makes Pregnant Workers’ Rights Clear

Dr. Nancy StanwoodWhile today’s Supreme Court decision in Young v. UPS is indeed a victory for pregnant workers, and Physicians celebrates the outcome, we also call for further action by Congress to ensure all workers are protected. Our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood said:

“It is time for Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, so no woman has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. As doctors, we give our patients the information they need to stay healthy and we count on employers to act as partners in helping their employees follow our medical advice.”

Read her entire statement here

Press Release: Doctors Group Calls Today’s Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Pregnant Workers

Calls on Congress to “pass legislation that makes workers’ rights clear when it comes to the need for temporary accommodations during pregnancy.”

New York, NY – Today the Supreme Court decided 6-3 in favor of pregnant workers’ right to receive the same accommodations in the workplace that would be provided to any other worker who is injured or disabled. Physicians for Reproductive Health has supported a decision in favor of protecting pregnant workers and calls today’s Young v. UPS decision a victory. The group called for further action by Congress to ensure all workers are protected.

Physicians for Reproductive Health Board chair, Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH, said, “As advocates for access to the full range of reproductive health care, we are happy that the Supreme Court recognized the need for pregnant workers to have medically necessary accommodations in the workplace. While this is a victory for Peggy Young, we are still calling on Congress to pass legislation that makes workers’ rights clear when it comes to the need for temporary accommodations during pregnancy.

“It is time for Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, so no woman has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. As doctors, we give our patients the information they need to stay healthy and we count on employers to act as partners in helping their employees follow our medical advice.”

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Celebrate National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers with Physicians

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Today 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 why you #AppreciateProviders. Make a donation to Physicians today in honor of your local abortion provider.

Also: Check out Dr. Kate Whitehouse’s Medium essay, Why I Provide Abortion Care, and Dr. Sarah Wallett’s Feministing essay, #Proud2Provide: Reflections on National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers