Washington, DC - The following is a statement from Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):
“Recent attacks, violence, abuse, and racism directed toward members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have exacerbated the massive losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. As obstetrician-gynecologists, we are especially cognizant of the fact that that Asian American and Pacific Islander women have reported hate incidents 2.3 times more often than men. We also know that this is not the first time in U.S. history in which Asian American and Pacific Islander members of our community have been treated with persecution.
“We know that no patient can be healthy if they are not also safe. This week’s attack in Atlanta, as well as the thousands of other attacks in the last year, have demonstrated the susceptibility of our Asian American and Pacific Islander members and patients to race-based and gender-based abuse and violence. ACOG strongly condemns these acts and the ignorance and racism that have instigated them.
“Of course, ACOG is first and foremost a membership organization, and thousands of our valued members identify as members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Please know that we are here to support you and remain committed to providing you a safe, welcoming home at ACOG.”