Statement from Dr. Willie Parker on the 100th Anniversary of Planned Parenthood

In response to the 100 year anniversary of Planned Parenthood, Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement:

“Physicians for Reproductive Health applauds Planned Parenthood on their 100th anniversary. As physicians, we work every day to provide the highest quality care to our patients, and we are deeply aware of the integral part Planned Parenthood plays in not only the reproductive health community but also our national health system as a whole. Throughout its history, Planned Parenthood has empowered millions of people to make informed health care decisions and to access vital care, and we look forward to its many years ahead.

I am also keenly aware that opponents of Planned Parenthood try to use rhetoric and tactics that exploit racial fears against Planned Parenthood. As a physician caring for women in the South and as a former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood, I know what W.E.B. Dubois, Mary McLeod Bethune, and the other Black leaders of her day understood when they asked the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, to deliver to the women of Harlem the same family planning knowledge that she carried to the other boroughs of New York: medically accurate sex education, modern methods of contraception, and that women controlling their own bodies saves lives. Scientific research proves this to be true. This organization has meant so much to the health and lives of all women and families, and Physicians proudly stands ready to partner with Planned Parenthood for the next 100 years, empowering all to realize their reproductive and sexual health goals.” 

Statement from Dr. Willie Parker on Zika funding vote in Congress

Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement in response to Congress’s vote to approve funding to combat Zika:

“We are pleased that Congress has put aside political games and finally provided this urgently needed funding to combat the Zika crisis. However, our work to protect those most at risk is just beginning. Those already living with Zika and those most vulnerable, including the patients I see across the South, deserve compassion and access to the care they need without shame or stigma. It is vital that our lawmakers continue to provide the resources necessary for women and families to obtain the highest quality health care and make the decisions that are best for their circumstances.” 

Tell Congress 40 Years of Hyde is Enough!

For forty years, Congress has allowed the Hyde Amendment to restrict access to abortion coverage for those receiving their health insurance through the government. We oppose policies that make accessing reproductive health care, including abortion, more difficult for patients. That’s why we need you to join in asking Members of Congress to be bold and support a bill that would remove restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.

The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015 expands reproductive health care by ensuring that women who use Medicaid for health care are not denied coverage for abortion. The bill also prohibits political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer abortion coverage. The EACH Woman Act ensures that a woman’s access to abortion is not based on her income, how she is insured, or where she lives.

Join us in letting our lawmakers know that we support insurance coverage for abortion. Your legislators need to hear from you today.

Please take a minute to send them a message urging them to support the EACH Woman Act and oppose Hyde-like abortion restrictions.


Run for reproductive health with us in NYC on November 20th!

Physicians invites you to be a Reproductive Health Raiser this fall by running in the Race to Deliver 4 Miler in New York City alongside amazing doctors, students, and friends. Our runners will be raising critically needed funds to protect women’s health and rights all over the country. Will you join us? 

The Race to Deliver 4 Miler will take place on Sunday, November 20th in Central Park. Physicians will pay your race registration fee! Runners will receive a sleek Physicians performance wear t-shirt and celebratory post-event brunch. All you have to do is run (or jog) and raise a minimum of $300 through our new Reproductive Health Raisers campaign.

Here’s how to join us:

  1. Fill out this race registration form, and we’ll set up a personal or team Reproductive Health Raisers donation page for you.
  2. Email your friends and family and ask them to support you with a donation – or even by running themselves – in our fight to protect and expand reproductive health services that include abortion and contraception.

We hope you will consider joining us on November 20th at the Race to Deliver as we make strides to ensure reproductive health access is a reality for women and families everywhere.