FORMERLY PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND HEALTH

New! Updated Educational Modules Available

ARSHEPTwo 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.

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