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Physicians is proud to file an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. In March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over portions of Texas law HB2—a measure designed to shut down clinics that provide safe, legal abortion under the false pretense of improving women’s health. The amicus brief, authored by lawyers from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, shares personal stories from several doctors, illustrating their manifold reasons for providing abortion care.

“It’s crucial that we doctors share our stories and in doing so advocate for our patients,” Physicians board chair Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, said. “As physicians who provide abortions, we are humbled and honored to be there for our patients—whether it’s when they come to our offices or when they need us to speak up for their reproductive rights. This brief, which features doctors from many different backgrounds and from all over the country, is a testament to why we provide this essential care.”

Read excerpts from the brief here, or download the entire brief here.

For more than 40 years, the Supreme Court has said the constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health and family. Physicians calls on the Court to reject political schemes and sham laws that prevent women from acting on these personal decisions. 

Dr. Kenneth RyanPhysicians for Reproductive Health will honor the beloved memory and professional contributions of Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan by sponsoring the registration and travel costs for an outstanding obstetrician/gynecologist to attend the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting this coming May. Dr. Ryan was an outstanding scientist, inspirational teacher, ethicist, and forceful advocate for reproductive health and rights who changed the face of modern obstetrics and gynecology. We invite you to submit your nomination today.

Please see our Ryan Award page for more details. Read more about the award and past recipients.

Deadline extended! Please submit your nominations no later than January 12