ACOG in the News: Adolescent Girls and Labial Surgery, Preventing Zika in Puerto Rico, and Zika Causes Microcephaly

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.

Forbes How To Deal With Adolescent Girls (And Their Parents) Who Think Their Genitals Look Weird

Nothing much surprises me anymore, but I found myself shaking my head and feeling incredibly naive as I talked with Dr. Julie Strickland.

Strickland chairs the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG’s) Committee on Adolescent Health and took the lead in writing its latest “committee opinion,” released Thursday. Its title: “Breast and Labial Surgery in Adolescents.”

Now, the notion of breast surgery in adolescents has already been covered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and ACOG’s committee opinion pretty much echoes that group’s policy statement, which recommends that women be at least 18 years old before undergoing purely aesthetic breast augmentation.

Associated Press As clinic access tightens, group touts pregnancy-ending drug

Dr. Hal Lawrence, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says it's always preferable for a woman undergoing abortion to be under direct supervision of a medical professional.


Washington Post Perinatal hospice care prepares parents for the end, at life’s beginning

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a national group of roughly 30,000 physicians, meanwhile, released a statement condemning the move, urging Pence to keep medical discussions between patient and doctor.

Lisa Hollier, a Texas obstetrician-gynecologist who has cared for mothers who have faced a terminal diagnosis, said she walks parents through each option, without pressure.

The Indiana law “causes counseling to be more directive,” said Hollier, who focuses on maternal fetal medicine. “And when it’s directive, I’m concerned that you, as the patient, are going to ultimately lose confidence that I have your best interests at heart.”


Yahoo! News Preventing Zika in Puerto Rico

We have worked really closely with the Puerto Rico chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. I don't think there are any pregnant women who are uninsured in Puerto Rico. Even if they have Medicaid, they are insured. Then, the question, like you said, becomes, as we see increased demand for testing, will it be met, and will there be any discrepancy as to who gets tests? I don't think we're at that point yet. We have a couple hundred, 250 cases of Zika, and roughly ten percent are among pregnant women. We're talking about 25 women that we're following right now.


ABC News House Panel Releases Documents in Fetal Tissue Probe

Among those joining the call was Dr. Hal Lawrence, CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He said defunding of Planned Parenthood in states such as Florida and Texas would deprive many low-income women of access to such services as contraceptive counseling and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

He rejected claims from proponents of defunding that other providers could meet the demand for such services.

"That's simply impossible," Lawrence said. "Our health care system is not equipped to meet that level of need."


MedPage Today CDC: Zika Causes Microcephaly

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), applauded this research, calling it "important and new information." ACOG has been a vocal advocate for Congress to increase funding to U.S. public health departments, as reports indicate Zika virus may soon be endemic in southern U.S. states by this summer. President Obama recently moved the money earmarked for the study of Ebola in order to study Zika.

"The message of the CDC paper underscores the importance of ongoing research into this outbreak," said ACOG president Mark DeFrancesco, MD, in a statement. "We once again encourage Congress to act swiftly to pass emergency funding to enhance our public health preparedness and enable America's researchers to lead the charge in the development of a vaccine or treatment for this virus. Ongoing support for Zika virus research will protect American families and, indeed, families around the world."


Washington Post The FDA just made the abortion pill easier to get

Mark S. DeFrancesco, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, issued a statement Wednesday saying that he was “pleased that the updated FDA-approved regimen for mifepristone reflects the current available scientific evidence and best practices.”

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