Doctors Group: Politicians Try To Take Medical Decision-Making Away from Doctors and Patients

Abortion bans threaten women’s health and well-being.

New York, NY — Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) joins other major medical groups in applauding Senate champions today who defeated H.R. 36, a dangerous ban on abortion after 20 weeks that would threaten the health and well-being of women facing complex life circumstances.

Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow for Physicians Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH, commented:

“Anti-choice politicians are relentless in their campaign to insert themselves into the private medical decisions of women and families. This is a discussion best had by patients and their trusted medical care providers, not by politicians. H.R. 36, a bill that would have banned abortion care after 20 weeks, ignores the true situations faced by some women and places their health and well-being in jeopardy.

“Doctors and their patients may determine that abortion care after 20 weeks is the best medical option for a variety of reasons. This bill would have stripped women of that option, even if a difficult situation makes it impossible to have a child. My colleagues and I are grateful for those elected officials who stood with our patients and voted against this dangerous bill.”

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