FORMERLY PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND HEALTH

Summer 2014 Newsletter: Summer Advocacy Heats Up

Here it is the middle of August, but you would hardly know it’s summer around the Physicians offices. We’ve all been unbelievably busy with proactive federal legislation, fending off the endless barrage of state restrictions, bringing the physician's voice to every available media outlet, and building this organization into the powerful force we need it to be to take on the myriad institutions blocking access to reproductive health care — so it seems — wherever we turn. This summer’s newsletter features just a few of the ways we’re making all this happen, building our strength for the reproductive health victories ahead... Read on!

Highest-rated reproductive rights organization in the country!

charitynavigatorCharity Navigator, America’s largest and most popular charity evaluator, has rated Physicians the number-one reproductive rights organization in the country!

Charity Navigator is considered the most influential charity rating service in the world, with over 6.2 million visits to their website in 2012 alone, and impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations each year. They rate organizations based on the three dimensions of a charity’s operations that a donor or social investor needs to consider before donating: financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting.

With its four-star rating, a perfect 100 out of 100 on Accountability and Transparency, and an overall score of 98.93, Physicians ranks 73rd out of more than 7,000 charities in the United States.

We could not have reached this amazing milestone without the generous support and active participation from all members of the Physicians community…so thank you! 

Doctors Speak Out for Women’s Health Protection Act

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a groundbreaking piece of proactive, pro-choice legislation: the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would create much-needed federal protections against state-level restrictions on reproductive rights.

Dr. Nancy StanwoodPhysicians for Reproductive Health submitted written testimony from board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood (left) in support of the Act. From her testimony:

“Every woman has her own unique circumstances and must be able to make personal medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion, without political interference.… As physicians, we work every day to make sure our patients receive the high-quality health care they need in a safe, respectful environment. We need the Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure that all women have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, regardless of where they live. It is critical to the lives and health of our patients that this bill passes.”

Read the entire testimony here.

Dr. Willie Parker at WHPAIn addition, our board member Dr. Willie Parker (pictured at right, with Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO Nancy Northup, who also testified) testified on behalf of the women he serves in Mississippi, where there now is only one clinic at which women can access safe, legal abortion care. Speaking about his work, Dr. Parker testified:

“I want for women what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute. We know that when women have access to abortion, contraception, and medically accurate sex education, they thrive. It should be the same for all women, no matter where they live.”

Watch video of his testimony on C-SPAN here, and read his testimony here

Spread the Word: Tell Congress to Restore Access to Birth Control

StanwoodBossHLOn June 30, the United States Supreme Court ignored the science of birth control and the medical needs of women when it sided with for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby. Five justices allowed these companies to deny essential health care that was promised in the Affordable Care Act.

In response to this, Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall and Representatives Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, and Jerry Nadler introduced legislation that restores access to birth control for all women: The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, known informally as the Not My Boss’ Business Act.

The Not My Boss’ Business Act will make it illegal for any company to deny their workers specific health benefits that are required to be covered under federal law, including birth control. This Act will make it clear that bosses cannot discriminate against their female employees, ensuring equal treatment under the law for the tens of thousands of workers whose coverage hangs in the balance.

Tell your members of Congress today to take action on the Not My Boss’ Business Act! And please spread the message on Facebook and Twitter by downloading and sharing this graphic featuring our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood.