Under a Trump Presidency, We Will Fight Even Harder for Our Patients!
The outcome of the presidential election was a devastating shock to us all. It leaves no doubt that attacks on both abortion access and contraception will continue. It also affirms and cements our determination as an organization committed to the health and well-being of all patients to fight even harder for access for all women to the reproductive health care they need and deserve.
In a recent statement, our Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker said: “My colleagues across the country are deeply disheartened by the election of Donald J. Trump. A Trump presidency will mean that attacks on access to abortion and all other reproductive health services will continue at the federal level and in states all across this country. As physicians, we know firsthand the medical and social harms inflicted on our patients by politically motivated policies that prevent access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. We urge President-Elect Trump to oppose all policies that harm the health, well-being, and dignity of our patients, and that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. We will remain vigilant and hope to find a way to work with the administration to protect our patients.”
So, in this unsettling time, let me assure you of one thing: our doctors are dedicated, courageous, and compassionate, and they are not going anywhere… except to statehouses and Washington, DC to fight for your reproductive health care needs!
I hope you will continue to partner with us in this important work. Because now, more than ever before, it is critical that we stand together and fight for safe, legal, and affordable reproductive health care for all.
With great thanks and in solidarity,
What You Can Do Right Now
If ever there was a time to get active and join forces in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, it would be now. Here are a few ways you can get involved and make a real difference as we get ready for the many challenges we expect from the new administration.
Physicians is in the Post-election Press, and Battle-ready!
Our doctors are already all over the media addressing their patients’ concerns and analyzing trends for media-hungry repro health supporters like yourself. Here is a sampling of what our physicians have been saying and thinking since the election, with pieces in: Rewire, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Elle UK, Salon, CNN, NPR, People, Gothamist, Buzzfeed, NBC, The Guardian, Broadly, and Slate’s Working podcast.
Four stars for Physicians!
Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most popular nonprofit evaluator, has given Physicians its highest 4-Star rating for the third year in a row! This is their highest possible rating and indicates that Physicians for Reproductive Health adheres to sector best practices and executes our mission in the most financially efficient way. Charity Navigator is considered the most influential charity rating service in the world, with over 6.2 million visits to their web site each year, and impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations. We could not have reached this amazing milestone without the generous support and active participation of members like you. Thank you!
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Physician Advocates Training to Fight for Repro Health
The Academy prepares these physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health advocacy. Through an intensive nine-month program, the Fellows develop the skills needed to powerfully and effectively promote evidence-based medicine and public health over the lies and misinformation that we know will be forthcoming from a Trump-Pence Administration. We founded the Academy to foster future generations of self-directed physician leaders who will work throughout their careers to protect and advance comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care through advocacy at the local, state and national level. We will need each and every one of them over the next four years, as we confront a determined anti-reproductive health administration.
A very generous anonymous funder underwrites the Academy. Thanks to additional support, we were able to provide five scholarships for deserving Fellows to participate this year. The annual Drs. Roger W. and M. Silvija Hoag Scholarship was awarded to Dr. Rachna Vanjani, an obstetrician/gynecologist who provides reproductive health care to underserved populations throughout California. Dr. Julia McDonald, a Family Medicine specialist in Maine, is the recipient of the Massingill Family Scholarship. A grant from The Educational Foundation of America has enabled us to award three additional scholarships to Drs. Natalie Hinchcliffe and Sharon Liner in Ohio, and Dr. Erica Pettigrew in North Carolina. Their voices will join a chorus of hundreds of Academy alumni who will work today, tomorrow, and throughout their careers to protect and advance comprehensive reproductive health care for all.
[click here to read more about the Leadership Training Academy program]
Hyde Amendment: 40 Years is Enough!
Physicians strongly opposes policies that make accessing reproductive health care, including abortion, more difficult. For 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has restricted access to abortion coverage for those receiving health insurance through the government. Reaffirmed each year through the budget process, the Hyde Amendment disproportionately impacts low-income women, women of color, young women and immigrant women, specifically blocking insurance coverage for abortion for women on Medicaid, incarcerated women, women working in the Peace Corps, women living in Washington, DC, and Native American women.
Five of our doctors (all Leadership Academy trained!) wrote op-eds that appeared in Rewire from September 26th to the 30th, to bring attention to the impact of this terrible law [as part of United for Coverage Week]. The featured doctors were Eva Patil and Jamie Krashin, who wrote about the how the amendment limits options for women working in the Peace Corps, Lin-Fan Wang, who wrote about the how Hyde impacts women on Medicaid, Katherine Glaser, who discussed the impact on Native American women and communities, Jamila Perritt explained how Hyde affects women in the District of Columbia, and Carolyn Sufrin discussed the effect of the Hyde Amendment on incarcerated women. You can read all five op-eds here: https://rewire.news/tag/physicians-on-hyde/
In addition to fighting back against restrictions, Physicians is promoting legislation that would overturn Hyde: the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015. This law will expand reproductive care by ensuring that women who use Medicaid for health care are not denied coverage for abortion. The bill also prohibits political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer abortion coverage. The EACH Woman Act will ensure that a woman’s access to abortion is not based on her income, on how she is insured, or on where she lives. Even though this legislation is unlikely to move under the current Congress – and certainly would not be approved by the incoming administration – we are building momentum now towards passage under a future administration. I hope you will be joining us to help reach that day.
Here is something you can do now: Please ask your lawmakers to support the EACH Woman Act to expand abortion coverage.
Bringing Physician Advocacy to the Underserved South
On Thursday, November 10, Physicians’ Director of Education, Research and Training Taylor Rose Ellsworth led a professional student advocacy training in partnership with Louisiana State University and Reproductive Education + Advocacy Louisiana (REAL) in New Orleans, LA. The nearly 100 attendees included physicians, clinicians, lawyers, advocates, activists, and community organizers who are interested in working towards progressive reproductive health policy in the state. What an enthusiastic crowd! The evening introduced the attendees to the concept that they can – and must! – advocate for policies they believe in, especially now with an adversarial administration coming to power in Washington.
Many of those in attendance were members of the awesome LSU student-led group that teaches comprehensive sex education in high schools: the New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Project. Training sessions were led and facilitated by Physicians Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program (ARSHEP) faculty, Academy alumni, and staff.
Directly following the training, Physicians partnered with many remarkable grassroots organizations on their “Power of Provider” evening event, which focused on uniting medicine and reproductive health advocacy. Speakers included representatives from the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, LIFT Louisiana, and REAL. In addition, Dr. Valerie Williams, our 2016 Kenneth J. Ryan, MD, Award recipient, spoke on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast. The event successfully connected providers with local community organizations and stakeholders engaged in reproductive health advocacy work. Physicians plans to develop these connections by supporting local advocacy efforts and plugging our network of doctors into existing networks that need physician advocates to fight for access in Louisiana. I could not be prouder of our team leading this effort. It’s the right time and the right place for Physicians to be.