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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Our Advocacy:

Statement from Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH, Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, on Supreme Court Cases

My name is Dr. Lin-Fan Wang and I am so honored to join all of you today in support of access to birth control. I am here because science, medicine, and common sense are on our side. I am here, because like all of you, I believe that the decision to use birth control is best made by a woman and her doctor – not by a woman and her boss.

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Testimony of Physicians Board Chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood in Opposition to H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Physicians welcomes the opportunity to submit testimony on H.R. 7, misleadingly named the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” This dangerous bill would effectively ban insurance coverage for abortion, even to protect a woman’s health. This could put access to abortion out or reach for countless women. A woman’s health insurance should meet all her health needs and cover a full range of medical procedures, including abortion.  Read More

Send a Loud and Clear Message to Michigan Lawmakers

Dr. Katherine DammLeadership Training Academy alum Dr. Katherine Damm shared this story about one of her patients:

A woman I will call Connie was pregnant with her first child. During routine prenatal screening, she received news that she never expected: Her fetus had been diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic impairment. She decided to terminate her pregnancy—a difficult choice, but one that she and her family felt was for the best. The procedure, however, cost several thousand dollars. Like many other Michiganders, Connie had felt the sting of the economic downturn. The good news is that Connie’s insurance covered her abortion and she was able to get the care that she needed. But if the anti-choice movement gets their way, women in Michigan will be prevented from obtaining insurance that covers abortion. Can you imagine not only getting this kind of news but also being told that your health insurance won’t cover your treatment?

Michigan lawmakers have 40 session days to approve, deny, or place this initiative on the November 2014 ballot. That’s why if you live in Michigan, you should contact your legislators today and tell them that a woman’s health insurance coverage should meet all her needs and enable her to take care of her health. Take action now. Send a loud and clear message that Michiganders do not want politicians in interfering with personal health care decisions.  Read More

Introducing Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH

Dr. Lin Fan WangPhysicians for Reproductive Health welcomes Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH, who joined the organization this August as our first Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, a year-long position with organizational roles in policy, media, medical education, and development activities.

Dr. Wang is a graduate of the Family Planning Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in family medicine and earned her MD. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Dr. Wang has presented at national and regional medical conferences on a range of reproductive and sexual health topics. She is an alumna of our Leadership Training Academy, in which she participated in extensive media and advocacy training.

In her first two months as Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, Dr. Wang has met with the offices of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to discuss the proposed 20-week abortion ban as well as attending medical conferences on behalf of the organization. She has published two letters to the editor in the Albany Times Union and the New York Daily News. Recently, she participated in a Q&A panel after a showing of the documentary After Tiller in New York. She also raised money for Physicians at the New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile. In the coming weeks, Dr. Wang will help us welcome the Leadership Training Academy class of 2014 as a mentor and faculty member.

Dr. Wang sees her role at Physicians for Reproductive Health as an opportunity to build on the advocacy skills she gained during the Academy training, to foster physician-advocates for contraception and abortion access, and to work toward furthering sound reproductive health policy at the state and national levels: “This is an incredible and unique opportunity to become a stronger advocate for my patients and to work on expanding the community of physician-advocates for reproductive health.”  Read More