2004 Award Recipient: Harry S. Jonas, MD, FACOG

“I believe there is such a thing as an American commitment and an ACOG commitment; not to affluence, not to power, but to the release of human potential, the enhancement of individual dignity, the liberation of the human spirit.” —1987 ACOG Presidential Address

Harry S. Jonas, MD, is Special Consultant to the Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he served nine years as Dean, and is Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Jonas served for 13 years as Assistant Vice President for Medical Education at the American Medical Association, where he had responsibility for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the recognized accrediting body for medical student education programs in the U.S. and Canada. He has been a member of the governing bodies of numerous nationally renowned reproductive health and advocacy organizations.

Dr. Jonas currently serves on the Boards of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, in addition to sitting on the American Medical Association’s Section Council on Obstetrics and Gynecology and House of Delegates. An obstetrician/gynecologist for half a century, Dr. Jonas served five terms on the regional screening panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He has received the Physician’s Recognition Award from the AMA and the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Jonas is a past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where he was the first President to directly address abortion in his presidential address, “A Time for Reason.” He has testified before Congress and written numerous scholarly articles and media pieces on family planning and reproductive health. As a provider, educator, leader, and advocate, Dr. Jonas’s commitment to comprehensive reproductive healthcare is a model for current and future physicians.

“The anti-choice movement has been so heavily involved in our political structure, to politicize an issue that should not be. We need to reinvigorate ourselves before somebody sets us back to the pre-Roe v. Wade era when women were dying.”