Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Diane Horvath-Cosper, MD, MPH

dsc_6514Diane Horvath-Cosper, MD, MPH joined Physicians in August 2016 as our fourth Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow. Dr. Horvath most recently completed a fellowship in Family Planning at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC in June 2016. During her fellowship, she received a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins in health systems and policy. Dr. Horvath earned both a BA and BS at The Ohio State University, her medical degree at the Medical University of Ohio, and completed residency at the University of Minnesota. Following residency, she worked for four years in general obstetrics and gynecology in St. Paul, Minnesota, and held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Horvath comes to Physicians with experience speaking out regarding violence against abortion providers and clinics and an interest in the power of narrative as a tool for advocacy. Training and mentoring medical students and residents continues to be an important part of her practice. She serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and maintains active involvement with ACOG and NAF.

Dr. Horvath-Cosper in the News

Gorsuch’s Confirmation Would Endanger Women’s Health

Physicians for Reproductive Health opposes the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ahead of the cloture vote in the Senate, Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Judge Gorsuch’s record on reproductive health care is clear: he puts politics ahead of the health of American women. He has ruled in favor of allowing employers to interfere with employees’ private medical decisions about contraception, and he went out of his way to try to block patients in Utah from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood. With his alarming record, he cannot be trusted to uphold Roe v. Wade, the settled law of the land for 44 years, or respect medical evidence that shows the public health benefits of contraception and legal abortion.

It is outrageous that in 2017, patients have to worry about their ability to access a legal medical procedure, both now and in the future. Far too many people already encounter incredible difficulty accessing abortion care. We know that restrictions on abortion harm those who are already most vulnerable, including people of color, low-income families, and adolescents.

The Supreme Court must protect the health of all Americans, especially during a time when Congress is actively working to limit access to reproductive health care. President Trump promised his Supreme Court nominee would vote to overturn Roe, and Judge Gorsuch has not given any assurance that he would uphold Roe. His confirmation would be dangerous for women’s health. We continue to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and ask the Senate to vote no.” 

CBO Report shows devastating impact of Affordable Care Act repeal on women’s health

In a report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million people would lose health insurance coverage by the year 2026 if the congressional ACA repeal bill were to be enacted. In response, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Yesterday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office shows just how devastating repeal of the Affordable Care Act will be for women’s health. There are 12.9 million women of reproductive age insured by Medicaid who are in danger of losing their coverage if the ACA is repealed. Even one person losing coverage is too many—but this drastic number indicates that under the proposed ACA repeal bill, access to affordable health insurance will be eliminated for millions of families.

Many of our patients will not be able to afford essential preventive health care like cancer screenings and contraception. Patients who choose to go to Planned Parenthood for these important preventive services will be barred from using their own Medicaid coverage to obtain care. The ACA repeal plan would harm medically underserved communities who rely on the high-quality, low-cost care Planned Parenthood provides.

The ACA has been life-changing for our patients. The Medicaid expansion has helped millions of people get essential health care, and to take away this lifeline is reprehensible. We implore Congress to do better for our patients.” 

Statement on Trump Withdrawing Federal Protections for Transgender Students

In response to President Trump withdrawing federal protections for transgender students, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, with Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, issued the following statement: 

“As an organization that cares deeply about adolescent health, we think it’s unacceptable to reverse a guidance that is meant to protect children who already face significant challenges to their well-being. Transgender children are often rejected by their family and peers, harassed, traumatized and abused, and are at a higher risk for depression and suicide. Discouraging or punishing children for expressing their true sense of identity threatens their health and well-being, and schools have a special responsibility to protect all young people, regardless of gender identity or expression. Children thrive in open, honest environments that foster healthy decision-making. Schools should be at the forefront of the effort to create safe learning spaces for all students, not exposing thousands of children to discrimination.” 

Statement on Oklahoma HB 1441

In response to Oklahoma HB 1441, a bill that would unconstitutionally ban a woman from obtaining abortion care in Oklahoma unless the “father of the fetus” provides his “informed written consent,” Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, issued the following statement:

“Oklahoma HB 1441 is an outrageous bill meant to shame, burden, and degrade women seeking abortion care. This bill clearly violates a patient’s constitutional right to make a decision about her own health care by requiring the consent of her partner. Women in Oklahoma already face multiple restrictions when they are seeking abortion care, and such a blatant attempt to undermine a woman’s autonomy is unconscionable. The bill would also allow men to challenge paternity, which would subject women to costly tests that could delay care. In addition, women in abusive situations seeking abortion care would be put at even greater risk of harm from their partners.

The idea that a woman needs a man’s permission to make decisions about her own medical care or that women are demoted to “hosts” when they are pregnant is dangerous. No one should be empowered to interfere with the private decision to have an abortion. We implore the Oklahoma House of Representatives to vote no on this unconstitutional bill.”