Heather Spellman Lesmes, MD, District VIII Junior Fellow secretary-treasurer
The Arizona Section held its First Annual Women’s Health Day at the Arizona State Capitol on February 4. The day started with a “Lobbying 101” session to teach Fellows, Junior Fellows, and medical students how to get involved in advocacy and how to lobby legislators. Speakers shared information on important legislative issues relevant to women’s health.
Arizona Section Annual Women’s Health Day participants
We were introduced as a group to the Arizona House and Senate. In the afternoon, we met with individual legislators in smaller groups. Issues discussed included:
- Expansion of Medicaid
- Authorization of the use of misoprostol for non-US Food and Drug Administration indications and/or regimens
- Decriminalization of physician actions related to restrictions on abortion
- Licensed midwife scope of practice
The Women’s Health Day was modeled after the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, and successful advocacy days held by the Washington and New Mexico sections. The event offered an outlet for the Arizona Section to be a strong voice for women’s health in our state. We are excited to take on a more active role in advocating for women.