Lisa Hollier, M.D., M.P.H., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued the following comment in response to the release of the House Appropriations Committee draft fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill:
“As the leading organization of physicians who provide health services unique to women, ACOG applauds House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey and Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro for including key women’s health provisions in the fiscal year 2020 funding bill.
“We appreciate the Committee’s dedication commitment to increase funding for the Title X program and its decisive rebuke of the administration’s harmful changes to that program. This protection of Title X ensures that congressional intent remains intact and that the 4 million women, men, and adolescents who rely on the program can continue to receive the high-quality, comprehensive care they expect and need from their providers.
“ACOG also applauds the Committee’s overall commitment to public health, especially the increased funding for maternal mortality reduction efforts and gun violence prevention research.
“We look forward to the continued development and progression of the bill in the coming weeks and to supporting efforts to preserve and increase critical public health funding.”