ACOG’s first ever virtual day of action saw obstetrician-gynecologists from across the country take an important message to legislators on Capitol Hill: “our practices and our patients must be a priority in any forthcoming COVID relief legislation.” More than 20 obstetrician-gynecologist advocates held virtual meetings with key political decision-makers and presented them with four important asks:
- Provide additional direct financial support for physicians
- Enact bipartisan maternal mortality legislation
- Enact professional liability protections for physicians practicing medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Fund research at National Institutes of Health on COVID-19 and pregnancy
ACOG has long advocated for a broad array of legislative priorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The advocacy efforts this week by key ACOG advocates – coupled with over 500 messages sent by ACOG members to their elected officials from across the United States – sent a clear message to Congress that women’s health needs to be at the center of the conversation. From here, the ACOG Government Affairs and Health Policy teams will continue to push legislators and the Administration to advance meaningful solutions.
ACOG members sending direct messages to their elected officials serves as the bedrock of ACOG’s grassroots advocacy strategy and is a critical way to advance policies that affect you and your patients.
It’s not too late to participate in this important advocacy effort! Take five minutes and use ACOG’s advocacy tool to let your legislators know that women’s health must be a priority and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #DeliveringTheFacts and #DayOfAction2020.