Abortion Is Essential Health Care

Resources for obstetrician–gynecologists and partners to connect, engage, and advocate to defend and expand access to abortion at all levels—in their practices, their communities, and their government.

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Our Position

At the state and federal levels, ACOG advocates against legislation that unduly regulates or criminalizes abortion care providers, including by:

  • Forcing physicians to give patients inaccurate or biased information
  • Requiring unnecessary procedures and tests
  • Unnecessarily overregulating facilities where abortion care is provided
  • Banning safe, medically indicated treatment options or procedures

We also advocate against burdensome government restrictions that make it harder for women to access evidence-based care, such as:

  • Requiring unnecessary waiting periods
  • Restricting insurance coverage
  • Limiting the pool of qualified providers by restricting abortion provision to physicians only

Additional Resources from ACOG