ACOG Statement Regarding House Vote on Reproductive Access
January 22, 2015
Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Hal C. Lawrence, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):
“The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is pleased that House leadership canceled its plan vote on H.R. 36, which would have restricted access to reproductive services at a time women are in need of quality, compassionate care. We applaud the female Members who stood up for women and made the right, and courageous, decision to withdraw their support for this harmful bill. These medical decisions should be made solely by women in consultation with those she trusts the most, including her gynecologist – not politicians. Moreover, threatening doctors with jail time for providing clinically appropriate care violates the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship; this would be the only area of medicine that would have criminalized physicians for providing care to patients.
“However, we remain disappointed that House leadership continues to target abortion by pivoting to payment policies. All women should have access to the medical services they need – including reproductive care – regardless of the ability to pay. Medical care must be guided by sound science and by the patient’s individual needs, not by legislative mandates or financial concerns.
“We will continue to work to educate lawmakers about the danger of laws that limit the ability of American women to get the care that they need, when they need it. To that end, ACOG enthusiastically supports the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would help to promote and protect women’s access to care. ”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org