Press Release

 

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II

Ob-Gyns Take to the Capitol
Raising Awareness About Women's Health

Albany, NY - June 4, 2013 - Obstetricians and gynecologists from across New York State are in Albany today - meeting with members of the New York State Legislature. Their message is clear: New York's lawmakers need to continue supporting public policies that promote high-quality health care for the unique needs of all women.

The New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG District II) supports the 10 concepts behind Governor Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act. ACOG looks forward to working with the governor's office on this important policy. Two of the ten points addressing women's health issues ACOG is especially interested in:

  1. Improving Access to Safe and Legal Abortion Service: ACOG appreciates the Legislature's long support of safe, legal abortion, which is the cornerstone of women's health care and one of the most common surgical procedures performed for women of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
    • ACOG requests assurances that all physicians can provide complete and safe obstetrical care for their high risk patients without fear of penal law prosecution.
    • ACOG does not support post-viability abortion access to women with normal pregnancies.
    • ACOG calls for advocacy to oppose and overturn restrictions, improve access, and mainstream abortion as an integral component of women's health care.
       
  2. Discrimination of Pregnant Workers: This ensures that employers must provide minor job modifications to pregnant women that would allow them to continue working, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. This is an important provision for the welfare of both mother and baby. Language introduced on the Federal and New York City level is preferred - which would ensure:
    • A "reasonable accommodation" is made without question.
    • The business provision of undue hardship is defined to protect all parties.
    • Provides for an educational component for businesses and their employees.

Additionally, ob-gyns are addressing the importance of working together with members of the Legislature on women's health issues while maintaining that lawmakers should NOT be legislating the practice of medicine or the patient/physician relationship:

    • To ensure patients' best interests are put first, it is critical to respect the importance of scientific evidence, patient autonomy and the patient/physician relationship.
    • Legislative mandates often do not take into consideration exceptions that may occur - cases in which the mandate may be unnecessary, inappropriate, or even harmful to an individual patient.

ACOG welcomes the opportunity to continue working with Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature on health issues that impact the women of New York State and their families.

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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents the board certified obstetrician-gynecologists in the state who deliver health care to New York's women. Our Albany office offers the New York State Legislature its resources as a scientific and educational organization dedicated to quality health care for women.

Contact Information: 518-436-3461
www.acogny.org