Washington, D.C. — Lisa Hollier, M.D., M.P.H., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to contend that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, in a reversal of its prior position:
“The Affordable Care Act is an American success story. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly opposes the administration’s decision yesterday to reverse its prior position and support the full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act. ACOG calls on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold the law. Invalidation of the ACA will have a significant and devastating impact on the health and well-being of all Americans, especially women and families.
“The Affordable Care Act put in place landmark women’s health protections that are now part of the fabric of our nation. More than 55 million women have gained access to preventive services, including mammograms and contraception with no cost-sharing. And 8.7 million women now have the peace of mind of having meaningful maternity care coverage.
“ACOG remains vigilant in opposing any attacks on women’s health and stands firmly in support of our patients’ access to the comprehensive coverage guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.
“ACOG’s message is simple and consistent: Don’t turn back the clock on women’s health.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. www.acog.org