Consulting Medical Director Anne Davis, MD, MPH

Dr. Anne DavisDr. Anne Davis is an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Her research interests include new hormonal contraceptives, how women use contraceptives, and contraception in women with medical problems.

Dr. Davis is director of the Kenneth Ryan Family Planning Fellowship at Columbia University, of which she is a graduate. Frequently interviewed by the media, she is a vocal advocate for reproductive choice. She served on the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health from 2002 to 2008.

Dr. Davis is now our consulting medical director and the first person to hold that position.

Dr. Davis in the News

Physicians Say that Blocking Tom Price’s Nomination Is the Only Thing to Do for the Health of the Country

In response to the nomination of Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary, Physicians for Reproductive Health Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis issued the following statement:

“The nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is an aggressive attack against reproductive health care. Over and over, Rep. Price has been a staunch and rigid opponent of women’s health and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during his time in Congress.

As physicians, we are appalled by his voting record in Congress. Instead of voting for medically sound policies that prioritize the well-being of patients, Rep. Price’s votes have threatened the health of women around the country and shows that he does not understand what women need from their doctors. He cosponsored legislation that would have made abortion illegal nationwide in almost all cases, he voted to allow hospitals the right to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even in life-threatening cases, and he voted to limit medical students from being trained in abortion care. Rep. Price puts politics before medicine.

Rep. Price’s plan to repeal the ACA means dropping coverage of contraception without burdensome co-pays. Under the ACA, women have been able to afford FDA-approved methods of birth control, which allows women and health care providers to find the best method for each woman. We’ve seen big changes after ACA coverage of birth control, including the lowest abortion rate in decades. Contraception helps everyone, because when women can plan the timing and spacing of pregnancies, their own health and the well-being of their families improve. It’s difficult to comprehend how a medical professional could work to withhold birth control—something so beneficial to women that the Centers for Disease Control lauded it as one of the signature health achievements of the 20th Century.

Beyond women’s health, the allegations that Rep. Price profited from health-related stock trades while serving as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and sponsoring bills regulating the health care industry raise serious concerns. Can Rep. Price uphold the ethical standards and good judgment that the American people expect of their public officials?

The leader of HHS needs to understand and apply evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes for everyone, not make them worse. Rep. Price favors damaging legislation that creates harmful restrictions, which especially target young women, women with low incomes, women of color, and immigrant women—communities that already suffer from health disparities and inequalities. We believe these women need our best care and that Rep. Price won’t join us to work toward that goal.

Rep. Price would take the health care of this country backward.” 

Statement from Dr. Anne Davis on Trump Administration Health Policy Hire

Dr. Anne Davis, Consulting Medical Director at Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement in response to President-elect Trump’s selection of Katy Tolento, who has a history of anti-birth control statements, to serve as a health care policy aide for the administration’s Domestic Policy Council.

Katy Talento’s comments on birth control are wrong. Decades of established science clearly show contraception prevents pregnancy—it does not cause abortion or miscarriages. Women and doctors know from research, as well as our collective experiences, that birth control does not harm a woman’s fertility or health. The opposite is true. Contraception allows women to plan the timing of their pregnancies. Planned pregnancies mean better outcomes for women, their children, and their families. Contraception has far-reaching health benefits, including preventing cancer of the uterus and ovaries. It’s disturbing that someone appointed to lead in healthcare policy would be so misinformed about birth control—what the Centers for Disease Control has lauded as one of the signature health achievements of the 20th century. 

Runners Raise Money for Physicians

Runners at the fundraising race

On the beautiful sunny morning of September 22, 16 of our supporters—doctors, medical students, residents, staff, and friends—ran the Fifth Avenue Mile for Physicians for Reproductive Health. This inspiring, dedicated group raised a combined $16,575. Congratulations all, and thank you!

And they’re not the only ones running for reproductive health. In June, Leadership Training Academy Fellow Dr. Rebecca Mercier participated in an Iron Man triathlon—raising $3,000 for Physicians—and later this month Physicians Board member Dr. Jill Meadows will be biking 40 miles in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Anyone can help us raise funds in creative ways. If you have an idea and want help creating your own personalized fundraising page on our website, please contact database and events manager Daniel Bayer

Dr. Anne Davis: Let Doctors Be Doctors

Dr. Anne DavisOur consulting medical director Dr. Anne Davis spoke to Salon about the bad science behind “fetal pain” abortion bans and the reality of why women need later abortions:

“When you’re sitting in your office with a woman who is 22 weeks into a pregnancy with a severe fetal anomaly — she’s depressed, she’s stressed and now she’s worried, ‘Is my baby going to feel pain?’ It’s just another thing these women have to struggle with. And why? These are created concerns. They are not based in science, they are based in politics….

“Real situations in real life are very different than what we’re hearing from politicians. The whole debate — the way the whole thing is framed — is very shaming to patients. Let’s bring respect back into it. Treat people with respect. Have compassion for patients. Do what’s right for them.”

Read the entire article here.