“I found my sense of purpose and place by making the decision to provide abortions,

and it is very much consistent with my core values, in regard to my spirituality and my humanity. That's why I do this work.”

Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc

Abortion Access

As physicians, we believe that speaking about abortion helps remove the stigma that has been attached to it by anti-choice lawmakers and organizations. Legislation that puts politics and ideology before the doctor-patient relationship interferes with our ability to provide the highest level of care to our patients.

In no area of medicine other than abortion do our state and federal governments impose morality-based legislation that has the potential to criminalize doctors and manipulate patients in an attempt to sway their health care decisions.

Physicians for Reproductive Health fights for improved access to safe, legal abortion services by advocating at the state and federal levels, speaking out in the media, and encouraging comprehensive reproductive health education in medical residency education.

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Press Release: Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Number of Trained Abortion Providers

Doctors group applauds move to increase safe access for California women

New York, NY—Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 (AB 154) into law, a bill that will allow trained advance practice clinicians (Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants) to provide first trimester abortion care.

Physicians for Reproductive Health board chair, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, praised the move:

“As a physicians’ organization, we are pleased that Governor Brown has signed AB 154, critical legislation that will increase the number of trained medical professionals that can provide safe abortion care in California. We strongly support trained advance practice clinicians providing reproductive health services, including medical and surgical abortion. Not only is this well within their scope of practice, but also it will help the women of California access early abortion care in a timely manner, especially those in rural areas. On behalf of our more than 1,000 physician members and supporters in California, I welcome these new providers and we look forward to working with them to provide excellent care for women.”

AB 154 is one of several bills passed this session that will have a positive impact on Californians’ health and access to health care services. Senate Bill 138, signed into law on October 2, will allow people to confidentially use their health insurance for sensitive services without fear of loss of privacy. Assembly Bill 980, still on the governor’s desk for consideration, prevents abortion providers from being targeted by unnecessary and biased building standards and regulations.

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Introducing Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH

Dr. Lin Fan WangPhysicians for Reproductive Health welcomes Lin-Fan Wang, MD, MPH, who joined the organization this August as our first Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, a year-long position with organizational roles in policy, media, medical education, and development activities.

Dr. Wang is a graduate of the Family Planning Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in family medicine and earned her MD. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Dr. Wang has presented at national and regional medical conferences on a range of reproductive and sexual health topics. She is an alumna of our Leadership Training Academy, in which she participated in extensive media and advocacy training.

In her first two months as Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, Dr. Wang has met with the offices of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to discuss the proposed 20-week abortion ban as well as attending medical conferences on behalf of the organization. She has published two letters to the editor in the Albany Times Union and the New York Daily News. Recently, she participated in a Q&A panel after a showing of the documentary After Tiller in New York. She also raised money for Physicians at the New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile. In the coming weeks, Dr. Wang will help us welcome the Leadership Training Academy class of 2014 as a mentor and faculty member.

Dr. Wang sees her role at Physicians for Reproductive Health as an opportunity to build on the advocacy skills she gained during the Academy training, to foster physician-advocates for contraception and abortion access, and to work toward furthering sound reproductive health policy at the state and national levels: “This is an incredible and unique opportunity to become a stronger advocate for my patients and to work on expanding the community of physician-advocates for reproductive health.”  Read More

Letter to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

In 2008, 96% of West Virginia counties had no abortion provider and 84% of women in West Virginia lived in those counties. While West Virginia women have the right to safe, legal abortion, in reality there are few facilities that provide this essential care.

We urge the state of West Virginia to consider measures that would expand access to safe and legal abortion, not limit the ability of a woman to access care or intrude upon her relationship with her health care provider.  Read More

Dr. Anne Davis: Let Doctors Be Doctors

Dr. Anne DavisOur consulting medical director Dr. Anne Davis spoke to Salon about the bad science behind “fetal pain” abortion bans and the reality of why women need later abortions:

“When you’re sitting in your office with a woman who is 22 weeks into a pregnancy with a severe fetal anomaly — she’s depressed, she’s stressed and now she’s worried, ‘Is my baby going to feel pain?’ It’s just another thing these women have to struggle with. And why? These are created concerns. They are not based in science, they are based in politics….

“Real situations in real life are very different than what we’re hearing from politicians. The whole debate — the way the whole thing is framed — is very shaming to patients. Let’s bring respect back into it. Treat people with respect. Have compassion for patients. Do what’s right for them.”

Read the entire article here.

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