Ob-Gyns Speak Out for Women's Health

ACOG's Message to Texas Politicians: Get Out of Our Exam Rooms

July 9, 2013

Washington, DC -- Today, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is running an important open letter to legislators in the Austin American Statesman to more fully voice our opposition to Texas legislation (HB2 and SB1) that is plainly intended to interfere with the patient-physician relationship and restrict the reproductive rights of women in Texas. We stand strong with Texas women and support their right to make their own medical decisions, and we also stand with our fellow Texas ob-gyns as we loudly and unequivocally assert that legislators have no place in the doctor-patient relationship.

“Women’s reproductive rights have come under a nearly unprecedented attack, not only in Texas but throughout the United States,” says ACOG Executive Vice President Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD. “It’s a pivotal moment in time, and it’s critical that ACOG clearly and loudly stand up for the rights of women to make personal and informed choices about their health care in consultation with their physicians. Women must have access to quality care without interference from politicians.  Anything less would be a disservice to our patients.”

For more information on ACOG’s positions on state reproductive health legislation, see the following statements:

7/2/2013 - Ob-Gyns Denounce Texas Abortion Legislation 
Ambulatory surgical centers, hospital admitting privileges 

6/7/2013 - Ob-Gyns Issue Policy Opposing Legislative Interference 
Patient-physician relationship, Evidence-based medicine instead of legislating medicine 

4/25/2013 - Statement on State Legislation Requiring Hospital Admitting Privileges for Physicians Providing Abortion Services 
Undue licensing requirements placed on abortion providers compared with MDs who performed similar low-risk procedures in outpatient settings 

4/1/2013 - Statement by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on North Dakota Abortion Laws 

10/19/2012 - Response to Politician's Inaccurate Abortion Comments 
Rep. Joe Walsh, IL; Abortion to save the life of the mother

6/4/2012 - Letter-to-the-editor response to “The Campaign Against Women” (New York Times, 5/20/12)
Transvaginal ultrasound; Denying women their rights to reproductive health care 

5/17/2012 - ACOG Letter-to-the-editor response to “Where Are the Doctors?” (USA Today, 5/16/12)
Legislative War on Women; Laws impose on patient-physician relationship 

3/30/2012 - ACOG Supports Oklahoma Court Decision Ruling Ultrasound Act Unconstitutional
Scripted physician-patient communications; mandated ultrasounds before abortion 

2/10/2012 – ACOG Statement on “Personhood” Measures 

11/7/2011 - ACOG Statement on Mississippi's "Personhood Amendment" Proposition 26 

9/25/2008 - New HHS Regulation Poses Threat to Women's Health 
So-called “Conscience Clause”; ACOG/ABOG certification standards 

4/18/2007 - ACOG Statement on the US Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 

9/22/2006 - ACOG Files Amicus Brief in Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. PPFA

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 approximately 58,000 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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