ACOG Statement on World Contraception Day

September 26, 2016

Washington, DC -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement supporting World Contraception Day (WCD):

“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) supports World Contraception Day (WCD), held Sept. 26 every year to improve awareness of contraception and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

“WCD is a part of Family Planning 2020, a campaign that prioritizes the rights of women and girls to decide freely and independently whether, when, and how many children they want to have. ACOG supports this effort through our Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH). Through nine different programs ACOG works in 21 countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Efforts are varied from training local health care providers in operative obstetrics to implementing quality improvement initiatives, but all ultimately aim to lower rates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. In many instances, access and education about contraceptive choices are a critical component to lowering these outcomes, and are featured as core components of ACOG programs.”

Read ACOG President Dr. Tom Gellhaus’s blog post on World Contraception Day to learn more.


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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 more than 57,000 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.


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