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Physicians for Reproductive Health represents doctors from across the United States who believe that everyone should have access to quality reproductive health care.  Our physicians are nationally recognized experts in abortion, contraception, and sex education.  They can explain how political interference limits the delivery of reproductive health care, and offer an insider’s perspective on new developments in reproductive medicine.

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Trump HHS appointees stand in the way of reproductive health access

President Trump recently announced two appointments to the Department of Health and Human Services that signal a deeply troubling pattern. Charmaine Yoest, anti-choice activist and former president of Americans United for Life, was appointed to assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Teresa Manning (Wagner), an anti-choice activist who has stated that birth control doesn’t work, is expected to be named the deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at HHS, the branch that oversees the contraceptive program for four million low-income Americans. In response to the appointments, Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Member Dr. Nancy Stanwood issued the following statement:

“The latest way the Trump administration is attacking reproductive health is by appointing two people to the Department of Health and Human Services who want to stand directly in the way of patients getting the health care they need.

Charmaine Yoest has clearly stated that she wants to make abortion illegal by systematically attacking Roe and working to introduce abortion restrictions at the state level. She has spread false information regarding links between abortion and breast cancer, she refuses to acknowledge the well-established benefits of contraception, and she poses a direct threat to the well-being of the LGBTQ community. This alone should disqualify her from having a prominent role in shaping the communication and messaging from HHS.

Not only has Teresa Manning said that “contraception doesn’t work,” when the evidence says it’s highly effective, but she has a long history of attacking access to it. It’s disturbing that someone appointed to oversee the Title X Family Planning Program—a program dedicated to ensuring that four million Americans who have low incomes or no health insurance have access to birth control—is so misinformed about birth control and would work to dismantle a successful program.

These appointments are unacceptable, as they threaten millions of patients as they try to obtain comprehensive and compassionate health care. The Trump administration’s callous disdain for the health and dignity of women and families appears to know no bounds.” 

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.” 

Gorsuch Is Not Fit to Serve on the Supreme Court

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement:

In the 44 years since the Roe v. Wade decision established a legal right to abortion, millions of women have benefited from access to abortion. Any prospective Supreme Court nominee must uphold this settled law about a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive health decisions.

President Trump has repeatedly promised that any judge he nominates will overturn Roe v. Wade, while for the last several years, states have been chipping away at Roe to create onerous burdens for patients trying to access safe and legal abortion care. The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is a direct threat to the ability of women to choose their own reproductive destinies.

Judge Gorsuch has a record of undermining health care access for women. As one of the 10th Circuit Court judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, Judge Gorsuch ruled in favor of allowing employers to interfere with private medical decisions about contraception. Gorsuch also joined a dissent in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell arguing that making an employer fill out a form was more burdensome than violating an employee’s right to health insurance that meets all of her health care needs.

Placing politics over medicine has disastrous results for the health of Americans. We know that criminalizing abortion does not prevent abortion. The doctors who founded Physicians for Reproductive Health witnessed incredible suffering when abortion was illegal. Today, far too many women still face incredible difficulty in accessing legal abortion care. When abortion is restricted it is the patients who already face barriers to health care who are hurt even more.

Should Roe be overturned, women, especially women without resources, would once again be forced to take matters into their own hands. Doctors do not want to see that again. While very few issues are important enough to stand on their own, access to safe and legal abortion—a service vital to women’s health—is one of them.

Roe v. Wade must be upheld. Gorsuch is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court if he won’t support women’s constitutional rights to abortion. We urge the Senate to reject Judge Gorsuch. Women’s lives in this country depend on it. 

Trump budget damaging to public health

In response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut nearly $18 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget, including $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health, Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“At a time when the future of health care in our country is at risk, the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts key agencies responsible for improving our nation’s health. The National Institutes of Health is the backbone of the best medical research in the United States, and cutting their funding would have disastrous immediate and long-term effects on public health. President Trump’s proposed budget would disrupt medical progress that benefits all Americans.”