Dr. Willie Parker, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement in In response to President-elect Trump’s pledge to appoint anti-choice judges:
“Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for 43 years and is supported by the majority of Americans. As physicians, we know all too well the harm women face when they don’t receive the care they need. We have seen how unconstitutional laws that force women to travel to other states for abortion care make this care essentially unobtainable, and it would be unconscionable to erect even more stringent barriers. President-elect Trump’s attack on fundamental rights is unacceptable. We will continue fighting to ensure that our physicians can fulfill their deep, conscientious commitment to providing all women who need it with dignified, compassionate, and appropriate reproductive health care.
Our position remains firm: politics should not trump medicine.”
Dr. Willie Parker, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement on the results of yesterday’s election:
“My colleagues across the country are deeply disheartened by the election of Donald J. Trump. A Trump presidency will mean that attacks on access to abortion and all other reproductive health services will continue at the federal level and in states all across this country.
As physicians, we know firsthand the medical and social harms inflicted on our patients by politically motivated policies that prevent access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. Regardless of how we feel personally about abortion, women should have access to a full range of care options. Every patient faces her own unique circumstances, challenges, and potential complications and must be able to make medical decisions in consultation with her healthcare provider and what is right for herself and her family—without interference from politicians.
We urge President-elect Trump to oppose all policies that harm the health, wellbeing, and dignity of our patients and that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. We will remain vigilant and hope to find a way to work with the administration to protect our patients.”