Inclusion of women, including pregnant women, in research studies is necessary for valid inferences about health and disease in women.

Our Position

As a standing member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and a founding member of the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics, ACOG is at the forefront of efforts to advance women’s health research.

ACOG advocates for:

  • Increased federal funding for women’s health research
  • Increased representation of women in research – from basic science research to post-market trials
  • A reduction in barriers for pregnant women’s participation in clinical trials

In addition, ACOG advocates for funding for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, including to advance ovarian cancer research.