Later Abortion

Legislation that restricts access to later abortion takes decision-making away from a woman and her doctor and puts it in the hands of politicians. These later abortion bans are based on bad science and flawed research, and do not reflect evidence-based medicine. Such laws also jeopardize the lives and health of women in complicated situations and deprive them of the safe, legal medical care that they deserve. Every pregnant woman faces her own unique circumstances, challenges, and potential complications, and must be able to make her own decisions based on her doctor’s advice, her personal values, and what’s right for her and her family.

Read more about our advocacy and activism efforts to keep later abortion safe and legal for the women who need it.

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Doctors Group: Politicians Try To Take Medical Decision-Making Away from Doctors and Patients

Abortion bans threaten women’s health and well-being.

New York, NY — Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) joins other major medical groups in applauding Senate champions today who defeated H.R. 36, a dangerous ban on abortion after 20 weeks that would threaten the health and well-being of women facing complex life circumstances.

Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow for Physicians Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH, commented:

“Anti-choice politicians are relentless in their campaign to insert themselves into the private medical decisions of women and families. This is a discussion best had by patients and their trusted medical care providers, not by politicians. H.R. 36, a bill that would have banned abortion care after 20 weeks, ignores the true situations faced by some women and places their health and well-being in jeopardy.

“Doctors and their patients may determine that abortion care after 20 weeks is the best medical option for a variety of reasons. This bill would have stripped women of that option, even if a difficult situation makes it impossible to have a child. My colleagues and I are grateful for those elected officials who stood with our patients and voted against this dangerous bill.”

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Remembering Dr. Tiller

Dr. George TIllerSix years ago, we lost a dear friend, a brilliant and compassionate physician, and a true hero. Dr. George Tiller was murdered at his church by an anti-choice extremist. While we will never fully be able to forget the tragic loss of this day, we also will take the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Tiller’s life and work and share the ways in which he inspired and touched us all.

Our memories of Dr. Tiller are still quite vivid. Here are a few videos and written profiles that offer a small snapshot of the incredible and brave physician that he was:
Video: Dr. Tiller talks about how he became a provider
Video: Dr. Tiller explains why he continued his work, despite repeated harassment and violence
Video: Voices of Choice, our documentary about pre-Roe abortion providers, featuring Dr. Tiller
Oral history: “I have more to be grateful for than I have to be resentful about.”
Profile: A 1998 portrait of Dr. Tiller 

Leave Medical Decisions to Women and Families

“H.R. 36 ignores the real-life circumstances that women face.”

New York, NY—Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) joins other major medical groups in opposing H.R. 36, a dangerous ban on abortion after 20 weeks that will threaten the health and well-being of women facing complicated life circumstances.

Anne Davis, MD, MPH, consulting medical director for Physicians, commented, “Anti-choice politicians are relentless when it comes to placing barriers in the way of women seeking medical care. H.R. 36, a bill that bans abortion care after 20 weeks, ignores the real life personal stories of women and place their health and well-being in jeopardy. Making it illegal doesn’t change the fact that people need this care.

“Providers and their patients may determine abortion care after 20 weeks is the best medical option for a variety of reasons. This bill would take that decision out of the hands of patients and their trusted medical care providers and put it in the hands of politicians, while endangering women and jeopardizing safe, legal abortion care. My colleagues and I who provide abortion care know that every woman is unique, every pregnancy is different. I am called to take care of women every day who face these decisions. We must be able to provide women with the best care we can offer. I can tell you without hesitation that women know what they need more than any politician ever will.”

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