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Physicians for Reproductive Health Helps Physicians Change Policy

Physicians for Reproductive Health provides opportunities for physicians to get involved in local, state, and federal public policy issues. Our physicians are the best messengers to provide medically accurate information on reproductive health issues to lawmakers and the public. With Physicians for Reproductive Health, your voice can be heard!

Physicians for Reproductive Health supports policies that promote reproductive healthcare for all, including increased access to birth control, emergency contraception, and abortion services, as well as comprehensive sex education. We oppose policies that place politics over science at the expense of the reproductive healthcare of women, men, and teens.

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Universal Health Coverage Day

Universal Health Coverage DayPhysicians for Reproductive Health has joined over 350 organizations around the world to launch the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12, 2014. This historic coalition marks the anniversary of a landmark United Nations resolution urging all countries to provide universal access to health care without financial hardship.

No one should fall into poverty because they get sick and need health care. Universal health coverage is an essential component for making comprehensive reproductive health care access a reality for all.

Our doctors have seen the difference that insurance coverage for basic reproductive health care, like contraception, can make in women’s lives. Read their stories here. 

Our Doctors Stand With Peggy Young and Pregnant Workers Everywhere!

Morrell Speaking at  SCOTUS StandWithPeggy 3Today, December 3, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Peggy Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case that will determine whether and when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to make accommodations for a worker who needs them because of pregnancy. The decision in this case will have a major impact on the health and economic security of families across the country. Physicians spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court this morning, contributed to an amicus brief, and shared their own stories on pregnancy discrimination. Read more inside >>

Physicians Outraged at Amendment One Vote in Tennessee; Praise Results on Measures in Colorado and North Dakota

Doctors group weighs in on ballot initiatives

New York, NY — Yesterday, three states — Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee — voted on ballot initiatives affecting women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

In Tennessee, voters approved a change to the state constitution that will eliminate all protections for abortion in the state.  State legislators have already pledged to move forward anti-choice legislation such as a mandatory delay for women seeking an abortion and additional restrictions on abortion facilities.

Physicians for Reproductive Health Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Kathleen Morrell weighs in:

“It is difficult to express how disappointed we are in the outcome in Tennessee. As physicians who care for women, our foremost concern is protecting our patients’ health and safety, and nothing about Amendment 1 furthers those interests. In fact, the measures that will likely result from this change to Tennessee’s constitution could jeopardize the health of Tennessee women by restricting their access to abortion. Additionally, given the reproductive rights landscape of neighboring states, the impact of this Amendment will likely be felt by women across the Southeast.

“As physicians we know that imposing waiting periods or medically unnecessary requirements like admitting privileges do not make abortion safer. Government should never interfere with a woman’s personal and private decisions about her pregnancy.

“We are thankful that voters in Colorado and North Dakota voted to protect women’s health, rejecting so-called personhood initiatives. They saw through the misleading campaigns and resoundingly defeated measures that would have endangered women’s access to abortion. This is the third time that Colorado has rejected a personhood measure.

“We will continue working to make sure that every woman has access to the reproductive health care she needs. Abortion is a key component of basic health care; one in three women will have an abortion by the age of 45 and it is imperative that women have access to safe and legal abortion care.” 

Dr. Stanwood to Politicians: Get Out of Our Exam Rooms

Our board chair, Dr. Nancy L. Stanwood, spoke on a panel at a Yale Law School event titled "Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment." Dr. Stanwood addressed the profound harm caused by legislation that interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, particularly as it pertains to reproductive health care:

"The practice of medicine by legislators who have no medical background and have an ideological agenda is incredibly damaging to the profession of medicine, and I'm hoping that more physicians will see this, and that it's not just those of us who … provide abortion services for patients but that other doctors will also see this."

Watch the 11-minute video of her talk here or on YouTube.