Our board chair, Dr. Nancy L. Stanwood, spoke on a panel at a Yale Law School event titled "Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment." Dr. Stanwood addressed the profound harm caused by legislation that interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, particularly as it pertains to reproductive health care:
"The practice of medicine by legislators who have no medical background and have an ideological agenda is incredibly damaging to the profession of medicine, and I'm hoping that more physicians will see this, and that it's not just those of us who … provide abortion services for patients but that other doctors will also see that this."
Watch the 11-minute video of her talk here or on YouTube.
"The assault on access to safe and legal abortion for the women of Texas continues. Overnight, nearly 1 million women have been left without access to abortion as clinics providing compassionate, quality abortion care are forced to close due to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow medically unnecessary abortion restrictions to go into effect. This ruling will have a devastating effect on those women’s lives and on the health and well-being of Texas women and families.
"As a doctor-led advocacy organization that uses medical evidence to advocate for reproductive health access for all, we stand against legislation that undermines the ability of health care professionals to provide women with safe care. Abortion has an enviable safety record, with a 99 percent safety rate and a less than one percent complication rate. We are deeply concerned for the women of Texas who are left today with no access to services, and for the health care providers who are no longer able to care for the women in their communities."
Two updated Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program (ARSHEP) modules are now available for download: Caring for Transgender Adolescents, which explores gender identity and the experience of transgender adolescents and serves as a tool for clinicians to provide primary care for transgender patients and understand their sexual and reproductive health needs; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth, which discusses the way that homophobia affects health outcomes for LGBTQ youth and how providers can develop comprehensive services to fulfill the needs of these special populations.
ARSHEP prepares a select group of physicians to give free educational sessions to other providers about the best practices for adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Read more about our innovative curriculum and learn how to request a free CD-ROM and/or a free presentation.
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!
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