February 2017 Newsletter

Sharing stories until our bodies, families, and communities are safe.

vocPhysicians for Reproductive Health is proud to launch a new story sharing campaign, #VoicesofCourage, that highlights why access to comprehensive and compassionate reproductive health care is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of all women, families, and communities in this country.

Read our stories here… and then tell your own!

As Trump administration actions threaten to tear communities apart, stories connect us. Reproductive health care is an everyday need, and the Voices of Courage campaign demonstrates that whoever we are, wherever we live, we need compassionate health care, and we need it without shame or obstacles.

We are asking providers and patients to share stories that exemplify why comprehensive reproductive health care matters to you. If you have a story about preventive care, contraception, abortion, STI testing, LGBT health issues, or adolescent health, please share it.

With an anti-abortion and anti-family planning administration in office, it is vital that policymakers and the media understand why all women must have access to the full range of comprehensive reproductive health care.

Please join Voices of Courage and tell your story!

And if you would like to support this campaign, please make a donation so we can continue this project for at least the next four years!

Life’s Work – Save the Date!

parkerJoin us in New York City on Thursday, April 6 to celebrate the launch of board chair Dr. Willie Parker’s new book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Hosted by Physicians for Reproductive Health, and co-sponsored by The New York Society for Ethical Culture, FemInEM, and Fletcher & Company, the evening will feature a reading by Dr. Parker and a discussion with feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

Tickets to the celebration start at just $25. Signed copies of the book are available online with your ticket purchase.

Dr. Parker is an outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider, and one of the few doctors to provide abortion services to women in the South. In Life’s Work, he draws from his personal and professional journeys as well as his medical training to explain how he came to believe that helping women in need, without judgment, is precisely the Christian thing to do.

In this deeply personal book, Dr. Parker illuminates the realities of abortion in the United States today from the perspective of someone who performs the procedure and staunchly defends the right to do so. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods, and such bogus state-imposed rules as those governing the width of hallways, Dr. Parker uncovers the growing number of strings attached to the right to choose and makes a powerful case for championing women’s reproductive health care needs and their right to access care.

Please join us on Thursday, April 6 for this very special occasion!

Celebrating Courage – Rashbaum-Tiller winners announced!

benefit logoThis year marks our 25th anniversary of training and supporting voices of courage. We will celebrate this milestone in New York City on June 5th at the 2017 Voices of Courage Benefit gala, when we will honor two extraordinary abortion providers who are leaders in the field today: Dr. Philip D. Darney will receive the 2017 Dr. William K. Rashbaum award for lifetime achievement, and Dr. Yashica Robinson will receive the 2017 Dr. George Tiller award as an outstanding early career physician-advocate. Learn more about the awardees and the 2017 benefit, chaired by Dr. Isabel Blumberg, here. Also please check out this terrific 11-minute film from Dawn Porter (director of the film TRAPPED) made about Dr. Robinson for a New York Times Op-Docs series!

Under the leadership of 25th Anniversary Chair Dr. Caitlin Fiss, this is going to be a year – and more – of celebrating these and other voices of courage. We hope you will join us for all of the upcoming festivities!

Promoting Teen Health with Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Care!

nypath logoSince 2010, Physicians for Reproductive Health has been partnering with New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health (NYPATH) as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that comprehensive reproductive health care is available to patients of all ages. NYPATH is a collaborative project with Columbia University and the New York state chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).

NYPATH works to increase the capacity and ability of primary health care providers to offer high quality care, including reproductive and sexual health, to adolescents. Our collaboration develops and promotes a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum that addresses critical reproductive health topics in order to influence medical education and the training of future providers, while also fostering collaborative relationships with other organizations.

Over the last six years, NYPATH has reached more than 3,000 health care professionals through onsite and online training programs across New York State. The project has developed resources on caring for LGBT youth, promoting healthy relationships, and offering HIV prevention services with expertise from Physicians’ Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project faculty, along with experts from Callen-Lorde Health Center, Futures Without Violence, and the CDC NYC STD Prevention Training Center.

We are now wrapping up our involvement with NYPATH. The Act for Youth Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester will continue to make these important resources available to youth-serving providers throughout New York State.

Are You a Provider? Have You Signed the Pledge to Provide?

pledge logoAre you a health care provider? Add your name to our I Will Provide: Pledge to Advocate with more than 500 providers who are vowing to take a stand against the attacks on reproductive health care from the new administration and Congress. Spread the word and encourage your colleagues to sign!


NEW FEATURE: Physicians in the Press

lta classAs always, we are making sure doctors are heard. With this new monthly feature we show you a sampling of where, when, and how our doctors are speaking out against the new administration’s attacks on reproductive health.




As you can see, we’ve been busy:

And what WE said…