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ACOG Advocacy and COVID-19
We're committed to supporting obstetrician-gynecologists during this unprecedented time. Learn about our COVID-19 advocacy priorities and how you can get involved.
Our 2020 Commitment to Policy Action.Go
Improving Maternal Health
Maternal health is an important indicator of the overall health of our nation, states, and local communities. Action to improve women’s health includes closing the outcomes disparities gap among black, Hispanic and white women; eliminating barriers to risk-appropriate care including depression and substance use disorder screening and treatment; ensuring safe obstetric access in rural areas; funding for research to inform evidence-based interventions and quality measures; and reducing maternal deaths and severe pregnancy complications.
Maternal Mortality Prevention
We prioritize efforts to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity.Go
Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy
Obtaining prenatal care, staying connected to the health care system, and being able to speak openly with a physician about drug problems helps improve birth outcomes.Go
Pregnant and postpartum women are less likely to be appropriately screened and receive treatment for mental health concerns.Go
Women’s Health Research
Inclusion of women, including pregnant women, in research studies is necessary for valid inferences about health and disease in women.Go
Opposing Political Interference
Sound health policy must always be science- and evidence-based, so that physicians can provide patients with factual, compassionate, and individualized care and counseling. Politicians must never interfere in the patient-physician relationship or impose unjustified restrictions on medical practices. ACOG advocates against legislation that undermines physicians’ ability to practice medicine according to their professional judgement and medical training.
We oppose legislation that unduly regulates or criminalizes abortion care providers.Go
Breast Density and Notification Laws
We advocate against legislation that prescribes what must be communicated to patients about breast density and cancer risk.Go
Gun Violence Prevention
Women disproportionately experience intimate partner violence, and the presence of firearms is a key risk factor for homicide.Go
Physician Maintenance of Skills
We advocate against legislation to weaken physician Maintenance of Certification (MOC).Go
Improving Patient Coverage
ACOG has a long and strong history of supporting access to health care for all women. Ob-gyns see firsthand the devastating effect a lack of insurance or under-insurance can have on our patients, and understand how current laws affect our practices. It is ACOG’s priority to ensure women maintain the landmark patient coverage protections of the Affordable Care Act, have robust and meaningful family planning coverage and access, and that Medicaid and Medicare work for both women and their physicians.
We believe all women should have unhindered and affordable access to all FDA-approved contraceptives.Go
Title X plays a vital role in ensuring that safe, timely, and evidence-based care is available to every woman regardless of her financial circumstances.Go
Medicaid and Medicare
We oppose state and federal reforms aimed at reducing participation in the Medicaid program and establishing barriers to care.Go
Patient Coverage Protections
We're a strong supporter of the landmark women’s health gains made in the Affordable Care Act.Go
Ensuring Health Care Access
No woman should be denied or limited access to quality health care because of where she lives, what her background is, where she was born, or where she gets her health care. Yet, there are a number of populations who face unique and unjust barriers to care, who are systematically underserved, or who are marginalized by restrictive policies.
ACOG advocates for policies that reduce access disparities, expand available services and providers for underserved populations, and reduce discriminatory or medically unjustified barriers to access.
We advocate for comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education.Go
Health Care for Incarcerated Women
Incarcerated women face unique barriers to health care, and those who are pregnant and postpartum are at increased risk of negative health outcomes.Go
We support the health and well-being of all women and girls without regard to their immigration status.Go
Military Servicewomen and Veterans
We advocate to expand availability and coverage of gender-specific care for those who serve our country.Go
Strengthening the Ob-Gyn Workforce
Ob-gyn shortages put women’s lives at risk. ACOG is taking a multipronged approach to ensure women have access to the essential care they need, and that our physician members are supported throughout their careers.
ACOG provides behind-the-scenes support for ob-gyns in all practice settings by working with federal policymakers to ensure minimal administrative burden.Go
Graduate Medical Education
The number of obstetrician-gynecologists per 10,000 women of reproductive age is in decline; meanwhile the female population is expected to increase 36% by 2050.Go
Medical Liability Reform
We advocate for medical liability reform to improve access to care and obstetrician-gynecologist career satisfaction.Go
We respect a woman’s right to make a medically informed decision about her birth attendant and place of delivery.Go
Other Women's Health Issues
ACOG’s legislative priorities are broad and cover a wide breadth of issues of importance to ob-gyns and our patients.
Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetrician-gynecologists.Go
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
We oppose all forms of medically unnecessary surgical modification of the female genitalia.Go
Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women’s Rights and Protections
Women who choose to have children must not face discrimination in the workplace.Go
Our Commitment to Changing the Culture of Medicine and Eliminating Racial Disparities in Women's Health Outcomes
ACOG is committed to eliminating disparities in women’s health and to confronting implicit and explicit bias and racism.Go