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Women's Health Legislation Introduced in US Congress

Ob-Gyns Call on Congress to Make Women's Health a Priority

March 4, 2013

Washington, DC -- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) gives its full support to two bills introduced in Congress that advance women’s health. ACOG applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for introducing the Women’s Health Resolution that declares women’s health a priority in the 113th Congress. ACOG also applauds Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) for introducing the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act.

 “The Boxer/Schakowsky Women’s Health Resolution is consistent with our message to legislators: We welcome your partnership, but reject your interference in our exam rooms,” said ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD. “The resolution focuses Congress’ efforts on the many important legislative initiatives that improve women’s health. We also welcome the Stabenow/Grassley/Engel bill which supports physicians’ efforts to improve care for moms and babies and reduces maternity care cost at the same time.” 

The Women’s Health Resolution encourages congressional support for women’s health research, maternal and infant health, prevention of violence against women, and access to necessary health care, including contraception. The resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act supports the development and adoption of quality health care measures and also strengthens state and local efforts to promote best practices to providers, including those in rural areas and small practices. Best practices, including reducing early elective deliveries and increasing breastfeeding, can dramatically improve women’s and babies’ health and significantly reduce costs. This bill was co-sponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

On March 5, more than 325 ob-gyns from across the nation will gather in Washington, DC, to urge their member of Congress to support the Women’s Health Resolution and the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act.  

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 approximately 56,000 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

 

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