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On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I am writing to express our absolute objection to a draft proposed regulation that would severely restrict women’s access to birth control, among a number of other serious issues. We strongly urge you to abandon any further efforts to move forward with this proposal.
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, appeared to ensure that American women would have access to abortion, ruling out any legislative interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and putting limits on abortion restrictions that could be passed during the later stages of pregnancy. The decision followed a long history of women seeking and obtaining abortions – but with a shift in the legal status of the procedure over time.
Contraception is a critical component of basic health care for women. Contraception allows women to safely plan their pregnancies, which research has proven is critical to ensuring healthy outcomes for both mother and child.
The National Partnership dedicates a tremendous amount of its resources toward ensuring quality health care for women and their families. Underlying our health care work is the fundamental tenet that quality health care is a human right and access to the full range of reproductive health services is an essential component of quality health care for women.
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