The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) strongly recommends that access to high-quality reproductive health be ensured, protected and provided by federal, state and local governments. This includes, but is not limited to, abortion, emergency, short- and long-term reversible contraception, and education.
The decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the established legal precedent of Roe v. Wade opens the door for dangerous restrictions on essential public health services, women and pregnant people’s fundamental rights and patients’ autonomy to make their own health care decisions.
Limited access to reproductive health services has a negative impact on the health of women and infants as well as long-term economic and social consequences. Prevention of unintended pregnancy has direct health benefits for women and infants. Likewise, there is a social and economic benefit to access to effective contraception and family planning services. Access to safe abortion is part of this essential suite of public health services. Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality globally and regions with the most restrictive laws have higher rates of unsafe abortion. Restrictions on safe and effective reproductive health services also disproportionately affect people from historically marginalized and excluded communities and lower economic means.
ACPM condemns in the strongest terms efforts to restrict access to essential reproductive health services.
Read ACPM’s full policy statement on women’s reproductive health services.
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