The Society of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health formed
A group of concerned physicians, led by Dr. Seymour Romney, gather in New York City to discuss the continuing conflict over reproductive health issues. This initial group and several other doctors from around the country become the 15-member steering committee for The Society of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.
The Society of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
100 physicians join as founding members
Jodi Magee becomes first executive director
First board of directors elected
The Society elects a 17-member board of physicians, diversified in age, race, ethnicity, geographic location, medical specialty, and gender. The first national board meeting takes place in May under the leadership of founding chair Seymour Romney, MD.
The Society of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health becomes Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH)
PRCH brings physicians’ voices to the public debate
PRCH works to oppose the so-called partial birth abortion ban, holding meetings with Sen. Patty Murray and the legislative aides of 11 other U.S. senators to educate them about the bill. PRCH submits op-ed pieces and letters to the editor to publications around the country.
PRCH empowers physicians as advocates
PRCH sponsors its first media training workshop for physicians from around the country in Washington, DC, to prepare them to respond to press inquiries on reproductive health issues.
PRCH leads its first national advocacy day
PRCH conducts an advocacy day in Washington, DC, to support Title X, which funds family planning services for low-income women, and the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, which requires health plans to cover contraception. The event’s success leads to an annual advocacy day.
PRCH responds to the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian
In response to Dr. Barnett Slepian’s murder, PRCH creates the Why I Provide Abortions brochure and distributes more than 16,000 copies to members and colleague organizations. A series of projects aimed at bringing attention to the story behind each physician’s commitment to providing abortion follows.
PRCH produces Medical Abortion Slide and Lecture presentation
The presentation is created to aid physicians and organizations and combat misinformation about the safety of medical abortions.
PRCH launches prch.org
PRCH and partners launch the Medical Abortion Education Project
PRCH raises awareness of minors’ access to reproductive health services
New York State Minors’ Legal Access to Services cards are created by PRCH, the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project. More than 15,000 are distributed.
PRCH produces educational materials for physicians and their patients
More than 1,000 copies of Physician Profiles: Voices of Pro-Choice Physicians and the Reproductive Health Resource Guide are distributed, highlighting role models and best practices. PRCH works with Ipas to develop the Manual Vacuum Aspiration Slide and Lecture Presentation.
PRCH publishes What You Need to Know About Mifepristone for policy makers and journalists
PRCH and partners continue to produce new physician resources, such as Mergers and You: The Physician’s Guide to Religious Hospital Mergers and An Overview of Abortion in the United States
PRCH establishes a presence in Ireland
PRCH coordinates with Irish doctors to start a pro-choice group in Ireland and sends a PRCH physician member to the group’s first conference.
PRCH produces documentary on abortion before Roe v. Wade
Voices of Choice: Physicians Who Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade features physicians who provided abortions, both legally and illegally, before the landmark 1973 decision. Doctors from the film hold a congressional briefing about their experiences as pre-Roe providers.
PRCH launches the Leadership Training Initiative, an advocacy and communications training program for physicians
PRCH pilots the Adolescent Reproductive Health Project
Along with the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health of Emory University, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and the American Women's Association's Reproductive Health Initiative, PRCH launches the Adolescent Reproductive Health Project in Georgia.
PRCH works with medical education leaders to improve reproductive and sexual health training requirements
PRCH launches the Residency Education Initiative National Advisory Committee (REINAC), which informs work of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its Residency Review Committees (RRCs).
PRCH launches voicesofchoice.org to provide information on the Voices of Choice project and the future of reproductive health care
PRCH mobilizes physicians and voters to strike down Proposition 73, a parental notification initiative in California
PRCH presents the inaugural William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award
PRCH hosts an event in honor of the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers that is attended by nearly 100 supporters. The inaugural William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award is presented to Shalom Press, MD, a physician in Buffalo, New York.
PRCH presents its training model to the World Health Organization
PRCH presents the Residency Education Initiative model at the Integrating Gender into Health Care Curricula meeting at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
PRCH holds its first joint advocacy day with Medical Students for Choice in Washington, DC.
PRCH hires first consulting medical director: Anne Davis, MD, MPH
PRCH organizes physicians to defeat proposed federal restrictions on reproductive health care
When Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt issues draft regulations expanding the definition of abortion, PRCH consulting medical director Anne Davis, MD, MPH, is joined at a press conference by Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rep. Nita Lowey in denouncing these rules. PRCH submits comments opposing the regulations, signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
PRCH trainings in California draw hundreds of physicians and health care providers
California’s Proposition 4 threatens to impose parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions, placing their access to reproductive health care in serious jeopardy. PRCH holds trainings across the state, drawing 750 physicians and health care providers. The measure is rejected.
George Tiller, MD, a former PRCH board member, is shot and killed on May 31 in his church in Wichita, Kansas.
PRCH co-develops an accredited STD curriculum for medical students to be offered on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
PRCH partners with STD/HIV prevention training centers, public health departments, and faculty from medical schools at historically black colleges and universities.
PRCH launches the Leadership Training Academy in Washington, DC
The inaugural class of 21 physicians represents four specialties: obstetrics/gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, family medicine, and adolescent medicine; 10 of the doctors are Family Planning Fellows, and three serve on the PRCH board. The first session culminates in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill; the Academy Fellows and other PRCH physicians visit a total of 56 congressional offices to make the case for including reproductive health care in health reform.
PRCH launches its first online-learning project in medical education: a course in adolescent medicine
PRCH expands the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health E-Learning Course for pediatrics residents to 24 hospitals across the country
PRCH named an outstanding nonprofit in reproductive health and rights by charity-evaluation website Philanthropedia
PRCH puts pressure on the Obama administration over decision to withhold full reproductive health care coverage from women with pre-existing conditions
PRCH and colleague organizations successfully pressure the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt recommendations requiring health insurance providers to cover contraception in full
PRCH helps defeat Ohio’s flawed and medically inaccurate “heartbeat” bill
PRCH pilots the e-learning course LEARN (Lessons to Enhance Awareness of Reproductive Needs) for residents in obstetrics and gynecology
PRCH consulting medical director Anne Davis, MD, MPH, receives a Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute of Medicine as a Profession
Dr. Davis donates the $10,000 prize to PRCH.
PRCH honors faith on National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers (March 10)
PRCH partners with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to honor the ways in which faith has inspired many physicians, members of the clergy, and others to help women seeking abortions.
PRCH, Columbia University, and New York State kick off NYPATH
New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health (NYPATH)—a collaboration between PRCH, the New York State Department of Health, and Columbia University—holds two kick-off training events, one in the Bronx, the other in Cooperstown. In sum, 104 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants attend the trainings.
PRCH board member Willie Parker, MD, fights Mississippi ban on later abortions
Newly expanded to 35 Fellows, Leadership Training Academy Class of 2013 convenes in Washington, DC
PRCH officially becomes Physicians for Reproductive Health
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