Now is the time to stand up for reproductive justice and abortion access

Eve Espey, Sadia Haider, Joanne Stone, Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Jody Steinauer

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The ongoing assault on abortion care in the United States culminating in the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v Wade calls for concerted national action to address the major gaps in care and training that will ensue. We write this call to action to our community of obstetrician–gynecologists to prioritize advocacy for access to abortion care. Professional health organizations understand the importance of access to contraception and abortion care as the foundation for reproductive health, autonomy, and empowerment. As restrictions proliferate, patients are encountering significant challenges in accessing care; all in our community who provide obstetrical and gynecologic care need to step up to ensure adequate and equitable patient care and provider training. In this Clinical Opinion, we outline current professional organization evidence-based support for comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion care, without interference by politics, strategies to proactively prevent further restrictions, and actions to mitigate the harm that will be caused by further restrictions to abortion care. We must all speak up, be visible in our support, and take any and every opportunity to advocate for abortion care as an integral part of comprehensive reproductive medical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • abortion
  • abortion education
  • abortion restrictions
  • abortion training
  • legislative interference
  • reproductive health
  • reproductive rights


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