Fall 2016 Newsletter

Under a Trump Presidency, We Will Fight Even Harder for Our Patients!

Dear Friends,

The outcome of the presidential election was a devastating shock to us all. It leaves no doubt that attacks on both abortion access and contraception will continue. It also affirms and cements our determination as an organization committed to the health and well-being of all patients to fight even harder for access for all women to the reproductive health care they need and deserve.

In a recent statement, our Board Chair Dr. Willie Parker said: “My colleagues across the country are deeply disheartened by the election of Donald J. Trump. A Trump presidency will mean that attacks on access to abortion and all other reproductive health services will continue at the federal level and in states all across this country. As physicians, we know firsthand the medical and social harms inflicted on our patients by politically motivated policies that prevent access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. We urge President-Elect Trump to oppose all policies that harm the health, well-being, and dignity of our patients, and that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. We will remain vigilant and hope to find a way to work with the administration to protect our patients.”

So, in this unsettling time, let me assure you of one thing: our doctors are dedicated, courageous, and compassionate, and they are not going anywhere… except to statehouses and Washington, DC to fight for your reproductive health care needs!

I hope you will continue to partner with us in this important work. Because now, more than ever before, it is critical that we stand together and fight for safe, legal, and affordable reproductive health care for all.

With great thanks and in solidarity,

Jodi Magee
President/CEO

Read the full Fall 2016 Newsletter! 

Plan to Nominate Tom Price Signals an Alarming Direction for Reproductive Health

Jodi Magee, president of Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement on the plan to nominate Tom Price as Secretary of HHS:

“President-elect Trump’s plan to nominate Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) signals an alarming direction for reproductive health. Price has been a staunch opponent of women’s health and the Affordable Care Act during his time in Congress.

Although Price has insisted that “patients, families and doctors should be making health decisions, not Washington DC,” he has directly contradicted that by supporting legislative efforts that interfere in the patient-doctor relationship. For example, Price has voted for anti-choice legislation that would harm our doctor’s patients, including bans on abortion, defunding Planned Parenthood, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We are deeply troubled that Price, though he is a physician, seems to disregard the strong medical evidence that access to safe and legal abortion and contraception protects not just a woman’s health, but that of her family and community.

As an organization of doctors, we are keenly aware that legislative attacks on access to reproductive care disproportionately target low-income women, women of color, young women, and immigrant women, communities that already suffer from health disparities and inequalities. Should Price be confirmed as HHS secretary, he will be in a position to create even more barriers to comprehensive reproductive health care for these communities. The leader of HHS needs to understand and apply evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes, not worsen them.

The plan to nominate Price is part of a disturbing pattern of appointments in the weeks since the election. Trump has also:

  • Announced plans to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become U.S. Attorney General. Sessions has opposed Roe v. Wade, cutting funding from family planning clinics, protections against clinic violence, and supports bans on insurance coverage for abortion.
  • Named Betsy DeVos, a proponent of so-called crisis pregnancy centers that deliberately mislead women about their pregnancy options including abortion, as his choice for Secretary of Education.
  • Named Steve Bannon of Breitbart News as his chief strategist. Breitbart News has published racist, misogynistic, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant pieces and has repeatedly attacked Planned Parenthood.
  • Called on Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council to serve as the transition team’s leader on domestic policy issues. Blackwell has called abortion a “black holocaust” and is against marriage equality and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.

We ask the Senate to fully vet cabinet appointees and closely examine their records. We hope that Senators will thoughtfully consider the impact of cabinet level positions on our doctors and their patients’ health before confirming any of President-Elect Trump’s nominees.” 

Statement from Dr. Willie Parker against President-elect Trump’s Anti-Choice Comments on 60 Minutes

Dr. Willie Parker, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement in In response to President-elect Trump’s pledge to appoint anti-choice judges:

“Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for 43 years and is supported by the majority of Americans. As physicians, we know all too well the harm women face when they don’t receive the care they need. We have seen how unconstitutional laws that force women to travel to other states for abortion care make this care essentially unobtainable, and it would be unconscionable to erect even more stringent barriers. President-elect Trump’s attack on fundamental rights is unacceptable. We will continue fighting to ensure that our physicians can fulfill their deep, conscientious commitment to providing all women who need it with dignified, compassionate, and appropriate reproductive health care.

Our position remains firm: politics should not trump medicine.” 

In a Trump Presidency, We Will Fight Even Harder for Our Patients

Dr. Willie Parker, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement on the results of yesterday’s election:

“My colleagues across the country are deeply disheartened by the election of Donald J. Trump. A Trump presidency will mean that attacks on access to abortion and all other reproductive health services will continue at the federal level and in states all across this country.

As physicians, we know firsthand the medical and social harms inflicted on our patients by politically motivated policies that prevent access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. Regardless of how we feel personally about abortion, women should have access to a full range of care options. Every patient faces her own unique circumstances, challenges, and potential complications and must be able to make medical decisions in consultation with her healthcare provider and what is right for herself and her family—without interference from politicians.

We urge President-elect Trump to oppose all policies that harm the health, wellbeing, and dignity of our patients and that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. We will remain vigilant and hope to find a way to work with the administration to protect our patients.”