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ACOG Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in NIFLA v. Becerra

June 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. Lisa Hollier, M.D., MPH, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), issued the following statement regarding today’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra: 
 
“Pregnant women who seek medical guidance must be able to trust that information being provided to them is truthful, medically accurate, and enables them to make informed decisions about their care. Inaccurate and untruthful information can delay care and increase risk of medical complications. 

“In our amicus brief, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) makes it clear that policies that allow women to obtain desired medical services as quickly and safely as possible are of the utmost importance. Unnecessary delays are harmful to women’s health.

“Requiring unlicensed medical facilities to inform women that there are no licensed medical providers on staff prevents those facilities from misleading women into believing that the services being offered at that facility are medically necessary or beneficial. 

“We are disappointed by today’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra and will continue to advocate for all women’s ability to access timely and medically accurate care.” 

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG 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. Not all of our members provide abortions, but all of our members know that facts are important when it comes to the provision and regulation of health care for women. www.acog.org

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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