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Dr. Horvath-Cosper, D.C.-based OB-GYN, is a Vocal, National Advocate for Abortion Rights

NEW YORK—Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians), the doctor-led national advocacy group, announced Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper as the organization’s new Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, a role that positions her as a leading national voice for reproductive health.

Dr. Horvath-Cosper rose to national prominence after filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in order to protect her ability to advocate for reproductive justice. At the time, she was a fellow in the Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy, which prepares doctors to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health advocacy.

“As an abortion provider, serving the best interests of my patients means being both a physician and an advocate,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper.  “Physicians for Reproductive Health has been a constant source of support and guidance for me in my advocacy work because they understand that the voices of abortion providers need to be uplifted and amplified, not silenced.  The only way we can tear down barriers and end stigma is by speaking out forcefully in support of reproductive health care, and I am thrilled to continue to work with Physicians to ensure that doctors have a strong voice in protecting access to safe, legal, abortion.”

As Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow, Dr. Horvath-Cosper will serve as a national spokesperson for Physicians on contraception, abortion access, reproductive health, and state and federal policy. She will also mentor Physicians’ Leadership Training Academy fellows, helping them become vocal and visible advocates for reproductive health.

“Dr. Horvath-Cosper is a forceful, passionate voice for reproductive rights and for efforts to destigmatize abortion,” said Jodi Magee, president of Physicians. “We are so proud to provide her with a platform to continue her advocacy on behalf of women and abortion providers across the country.”

For more information or to schedule interviews with Dr. Horvath-Cosper, please contact Elliot Levy at elliot.levy@berlinrosen.com or 202-800-7409. 

In response to the Zika epidemic, Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement:

“As the Zika epidemic becomes a heightened priority around the world, we must ensure that all women and their partners have equal and affordable access to safe and legal reproductive health care.

“Patients have contracted Zika in Florida, and travel-related Zika cases abound in many states. Because of the many unanswered questions about Zika’s serious effects on developing pregnancies, it is critical that people at risk of contracting or who are affected by Zika have timely access to comprehensive reproductive health care. This includes access to services to prevent unintended pregnancy, access to health care providers who understand Zika transmission, access to testing for the virus, and access to experts who study the impact of infection on a developing embryo and fetus.

“There is much that we do not yet know about Zika and its effects on the population. That is why it is critical that research and prevention efforts be fully funded and free of political restrictions such as prohibitions on contraceptives, abortion, or fetal tissue research. Political games deprive the medical and scientific communities of the funding needed to provide essential services to those affected by the virus and to prevent its spread.

“As physicians, we know that families facing difficult decisions deserve compassion and access to all available resources for prevention and treatment. In some situations, a woman and her family may decide that abortion is the best option. It is critical that patients be able to access the safe abortion care that they need without delay and without stigma. We implore our elected officials to devote the resources necessary to make sure that women and their families are able to access the highest quality treatment and care and can make the decisions that are best for their circumstances.”