ACOG in the News: Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America, and Can the ACA Repeal Harm Breastfeeding Moms?

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

The Wall Street Journal Obamacare Provisions Gain Unexpected Backers as GOP Moves to Rewrite Law

When the Affordable Care Act was debated in 2010, the country’s biggest gynecologists’ group spoke out against it, saying it wouldn’t help doctors get paid more fairly or avoid frivolous malpractice lawsuits. Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is fighting efforts to fully repeal the law, pushing especially to keep a ban on charging women higher health insurance premiums than men. “Today, as we sit here in 2017, we have clearly recognized the benefits in women’s health care that are contained in the ACA,” said Hal Lawrence III, the group’s chief executive.


Scientific American Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

The disappearing maternal care problem is common across rural America. Only about 6 percent of the nation’s ob–gyns work in rural areas, according to the latest survey numbers from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Yet 15 percent of the country’s population, or 46 million people, live in rural America. As a result, fewer than half of rural women live within a 30-minute drive of the nearest hospital offering obstetric services. Only about 88 percent of women in rural towns live within a 60-minute drive, and in the most isolated areas that number is 79 percent.


Kaiser Health News Influence Of GOP Doctors Caucus Grows As Congress Looks To Replace Health Law

For example, while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has worked to increase access to abortion, the three obstetrician-gynecologists in the 16-member House caucus are anti-abortion and oppose the ACA provision that provides free prescription contraception.


Chicago Tribune Indiana bill pushes disputed abortion 'reversal' option

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that claims about "abortion reversals" aren't supported by scientific evidence. Available research seems to indicate that when a woman takes the first pill and then changes her mind, "doing nothing and waiting to see what happens is just as effective as intervening with a course of progesterone," they wrote in a fact sheet on the subject.

News Works After emotional floor debate, abortion bill passes Pa. Senate

Chief sponsor Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford, centered her Senate floor testimony around graphic descriptions of a procedure she called “dismemberment abortion.”

“Currently in Pennsylvania, a live, 6-month-old fetus can be ripped apart and left to bleed to death,” she told a Democratic opponent of the bill.

But representatives from nonpartisan medical organizations such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have said those claims are inflammatory and not based in fact.

In a statement, the organization said the bill “sets a dangerous precedent by criminalizing medical practices, and prohibiting doctors from using their professional expertise to provide the best, evidenced based care to their patients.”

Medscape Why the FDA Took 23 Years to Warn About Morcellators: GAO Report

"Morcellation is a minimally invasive technique that spares women from increased morbidity and mortality associated with abdominal surgery," said ACOG CEO Hal Lawrence, MD, in a statement released to Medscape Medical News. "All medical procedures carry risk and that risk can never be completely eliminated.

Moving forward, ACOG welcomes the collection of meaningful data that will help provide for the safe and effective use of power morcellators."

Wall Street Journal House Votes to Let States Strip Money From Planned Parenthood

The House voted 230-188 to rescind a regulation that bans states from denying certain funds to health-care providers that perform abortions, in essence freeing states to refuse to give the funds to Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. and similar organizations.

“We see that as the first step in moving to defund Planned Parenthood,” said Lucia DiVenere, senior director of government affairs at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which favors greater access to abortion.

Healthline Can the ACA Repeal Harm Breastfeeding Moms?

“There is certainly a growing popularity of breastfeeding over the past decades,” says Dr. Lauren Hanley, breastfeeding medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chair of the Gynecology Expert Work Group on Breastfeeding for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Cancer Letter GAO: Power morcellation is a unique case study in patient harm

ACOG: All medical procedures carry risk

Risk can never be completely eliminated, and power morcellation remains an important option for women, said Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

ACOG applauds the U.S. Government Accountability Office on its recent report regarding the use of power morcellators in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery,” Lawrence said in a statement. “The report presents a thorough investigation of the issue, and ACOG shares in the federal government’s commitment to provide the best evidence to patients regarding the safety of using power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids.

Medpage Today ACOG: Offer All Women Pre-Pregnancy Genetic Screening

"A growing number of Americans are also of mixed or uncertain ethnic backgrounds, which means we may not identify some people who are at risk of passing genetic conditions to their children when we follow ethnic-based recommendations," said co-author Joseph Biggio, MD, in a statement.

Annals of Internal Medicine
 Planned Parenthood Provides Essential Services That Improve Women's Health

For more than 100 years, Planned Parenthood has served communities in need of affordable, safe, and accessible care. Across 50 states, 491 counties, and 650 clinics, Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive, quality health care to 2.5 million women and men in the United States each year.

Despite these deep and trusted ties to communities across the nation, U.S. congressional leadership recently announced its intention to defund Planned Parenthood. As leaders of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the nation's leading professional organization of health care providers for women, and the National Partnership for Women and Families, a leading women's health advocacy organization, we adamantly oppose this decision.


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