About Physicians for Reproductive Health

Our Mission

Physicians for Reproductive Health unites the medical community and concerned supporters. Together, we work to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, especially to meet the health care needs of economically disadvantaged patients.

  • We bring the physician’s distinctive voice to debates over reproductive health care.
  • We provide leadership and tools so that physicians can speak up and take action.
  • We use scientific expertise and our patients’ real-life experiences to influence legislation, medical practice, and public opinion.
  • We advocate for reproductive health as a core part of all medical curricula.
  • We train doctors to educate their colleagues and other health professionals on best practices in reproductive and sexual health care.
  • We offer the strength of our network to physicians all over the world.

Our Doctors

A large number of the doctors Physicians for Reproductive Health represents practice in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, but many are pediatricians, fertility doctors, family physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, and others. They belong to medical associations but look to Physicians for Reproductive Health to voice their concerns about reproductive choice and health.

Our Role

Physicians for Reproductive Health, in turn, works with medical and women’s health organizations that share an interest in expanding and improving the medical options and quality of services available to women and their families. We aim to enhance and complement, not duplicate, services provided by these groups.

Our History

Physicians for Reproductive Health was founded in 1992 by a small committee of concerned physicians in New York City, where we opened our first national office in 1995. We also maintain an organizational presence in San Francisco and Washington, DC, which enables us to conduct our recruiting, organizing, advocacy, and educational activities at the grassroots level. The organization is steered by a board of directors comprised of leading physicians in reproductive health care, as well as resident and medical student representatives.

Visit our interactive timeline to view key events and milestones in our history as an organization.

Our Programs

Physicians for Reproductive Health has two interconnecting program divisions that respond to the needs of our physician members and the public for information and services: External Affairs and Education, Research, and Training. These divisions provide opportunities for physicians to become more involved in the public discussion on contraception and abortion, to educate doctors and other health care providers about their responsibility to do so, to monitor state and national legislation tied to our mission, to communicate our message to the media, and to expand medical education in reproductive and sexual health.

Fiscal Sponsorships

Physicians for Reproductive Health is proud to serve as fiscal sponsor for select projects that align with our mission, values, and expertise. As fiscal sponsor, we provide these projects with a variety of legal, administrative, and financial services, allowing project leaders to focus on the programmatic aspects of their work. Physicians is currently the fiscal sponsor for Global Doctors for Choice (GDC).

GDC is an independent network of physician-advocates from around the world whose overarching goal is to promote and defend women’s reproductive rights, and to expand access to reproductive health services. GDC is committed to promoting exchange, support, and collaboration among physicians, so that they can actively work toward ensuring that all people have the information, access to high-quality services, and freedom of choice to make their own reproductive health decisions.

GDC has doctor-led action centers in Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, and South Africa. A coordinating team is based in New York and Kuala Lumpur.

Visit Global Doctors for Choice online to learn more about GDC’s work.

Please note that Physicians for Reproductive Health is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.