Washington, DC—Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH, FACOG, CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement regarding 2020 International Women's Day:
“As the leading organization representing women’s health care physicians in the United States, we proudly observe this year’s International Women’s Day and embrace the theme #EachforEqual by joining in the effort to create a gender-equal world.
“One of the missions of the International Women’s Day campaign is to help put women in positions of power to make informed decisions about their health. That is something obstetrician–gynecologists around the world strive to do every day. We are dedicated to providing women with quality care throughout their lives and recognize that at the heart of that goal is support for each woman’s right to accurate medical information, unbiased and timely medical care, and reproductive autonomy. Currently, we are collaborating with our peers in Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Central America, and South America on specific projects to ensure that we can meet these aspirations.
“Every woman deserves to be a partner in shared decision-making with her clinician about the medical decisions that affect her health and well-being. Every woman deserves to live in a society where she is free of penalty or punishment when making choices regarding her health and her body that are best for her. And every woman deserves to receive respectful care. Our journey here in the United States and around the world to uphold these principles through our medical care and advocacy efforts is a distinct honor.
“ACOG is committed to upholding #EachforEqual by continuing to oppose laws or policies that intend to strip women of their reproductive rights and access to safe care and by improving the delivery of maternal and women’s health care for women everywhere.”
To learn more about ACOG’s global work, visit our website.
To learn more about International Women’s Day and how to get involved, visit the International Women's Day website.
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 60,000 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