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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Number 627

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 425, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Unauthorized undocumented immigrants are less likely than other residents of the United States to have health insurance The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long supported a basic health care package for all women living within the United States without regard to th...

March 2015

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Health Care for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Number 515

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Sixty percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women live in metropolitan areas Most are not eligible for health care provided by the federal Indian Health Service IHS The IHS partly funds 34 Urban Indian Health Organizations which vary in size and services Some are small informationa...

January 2012

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Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Number 547

Abstract Military service is associated with unique risks to womens reproductive health As increasing numbers of women are serving in the military and a greater proportion of United States Veterans are women it is essential that obstetriciangynecologists are aware of and well prepared to address t...

December 2012

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Health Care Systems for Underserved Women

Number 516

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Underserved women are those who are unable to obtain quality health care by virtue of barriers created by poverty cultural differences race or ethnicity geography sexual orientation gender identity or other factors that contribute to health care inequities With passage of the Patient Prot...

January 2012

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Health Disparities in Rural Women

Number 586

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 429, March 2009)

ABSTRACT Rural women experience poorer health outcomes and have less access to health care than urban women Many rural areas have limited numbers of health care providers especially womens health providers Rural America is heterogeneous where problems vary depending on the region and state Health ...

February 2014

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Women of Color

Number 536

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 414, August 2008)

ABSTRACT In the United States most new cases of human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS occur among women of color primarily African American and Hispanic women Most women of color acquire the disease from heterosexual contact often from a partner who...

September 2012

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Increasing Access to Abortion

Number 613

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Safe legal abortion is a necessary component of womens health care The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of highquality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion Access to abortion is threatened ...

November 2014

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Increasing Access to Contraceptive Implants and Intrauterine Devices to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Number 642

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 450, December 2009)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy persists as a major public health problem in the United States Although lowering unintended pregnancy rates requires multiple approaches individual obstetriciangynecologists may contribute by increasing access to contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices Obstetr...

October 2015

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Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk

Number 434

(Reaffirmed 2015, Replaces No. 285, August 2003)

Abstract The relationship between induced abortion and the subsequent development of breast cancer has been the subject of a substantial amount of epidemiologic study Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed More rigorous ...

June 2009

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Intimate Partner Violence

Number 518

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence IPV is a significant yet preventable public health problem that affects millions of women regardless of age economic status race religion ethnicity sexual orientation or educational background Individuals who are subjected to IPV may have lifelong consequences in...

February 2012

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Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

Number 625

ABSTRACT Women with dense breasts have a modestly increased risk of breast cancer and experience reduced sensitivity of mammography to detect breast cancer However evidence is lacking to advocate for additional testing until there are clinically validated data that indicate improved screening outc...

March 2015

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Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Number 574

(Replaces No. 428, February 2009)

ABSTRACT Samesex couples encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure stigma and discriminatory attitudes and treatment limited access to health care and health insurance and often a limited understanding of their health risks Samesex couples and the...

September 2013

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Maternal Decision Making Ethics and the Law

Number 321

ABSTRACT Recent legal actions and policies aimed at protecting the fetus as an entity separate from the woman have challenged the rights of pregnant women to make decisions about medical interventions and have criminalized maternal behavior that is believed to be associated with fetal harm or adve...

November 2005

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Maternal-Fetal Intervention and Fetal Care Centers

Number 501

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The past two decades have yielded profound advances in the fields of prenatal diagnosis and fetal intervention Although fetal interventions are driven by a beneficencebased motivation to improve fetal and neonatal outcomes advancement in fetal therapies raises ethical issues surrounding m...

August 2011

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Medical Futility

Number 362

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The construct of medical futility has been used to justify a physicians unilateral refusal to provide treatment requested or demanded by a patient or the family of a patient It is important that physicians and their institutions develop a process for dealing with conflict surrounding the ...

March 2007

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Misoprostol for Postabortion Care

Number 427

ABSTRACT The World Health Organization estimates that 67000 women mostly in developing countries die each year from untreated or inadequately treated abortion complications Postabortion care a term commonly used by the international reproductive health community refers to a specific set of service...

February 2009

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Motivational Interviewing: A Tool for Behavior Change

Number 423

(Reaffirmed 2014)

Abstract Applying the principles of motivational interviewing to everyday patient interactions has been proved effective in eliciting behavior change that contributes to positive health outcomes and improved patientphysician communication Current Procedural Terminology codes are available to aid i...

January 2009

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Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives

Number 544

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy remains a major public health problem in the United States Access and cost issues are common reasons why women either do not use contraception or have gaps in use A potential way to improve contraceptive access and use and possibly decrease unintended pregnancy rates ...

December 2012

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Patient Testing Ethical Issues in Selection and Counseling

Number 363

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Recommendations to patients about testing should be based on current medical knowledge a concern for the patients best interests and mutual consultation In addition to establishing a diagnosis testing provides opportunities to educate inform and advise The ethical principles of respect fo...

April 2007

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Preparing for Disasters: Perspectives on Women

Number 457

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Emergency plans that specifically address the needs of women infants and children during disasters are currently underdeveloped in the United States Pregnant women infants and children are adversely affected by disasters resulting in an increased number of infants with intrauterine growth...

June 2010

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