ACOG Warns: Texas v. Azar Decision Is Harmful to Women’s Health

December 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Texas v. Azar, finding the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional, but remanding the case back to a federal district court in Texas for further analysis:

“ACOG is gravely disappointed with the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Texas v. Azar. The decision undermines the health and well-being of Americans, especially women and families. 

“The ACA put in place landmark women’s health protections: more than 55 million women have gained access to preventive services, including mammograms and birth control, with no cost-sharing; 8.7 million women now have the peace of mind of having meaningful maternity care coverage; and, since the enactment of the ACA, more than 40% of women of reproductive age have insurance who did not have it before.”

“ACOG opposes any attacks on women’s health and stands firmly in support of patients’ access to the comprehensive coverage guaranteed by the ACA. 

“ACOG’s message is simple and consistent: don’t turn back the clock on women’s health.”  




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.