Leading health organizations file amicus brief on behalf of abortion providers opposing Mississippi ban – YubaNet
Today, on behalf of a diverse group of healthcare professionals, leading medical organizations have applied brief friend in the United States Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case, brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the last abortion provider in Mississippi – challenges a blatantly unconstitutional ban on abortion care after 15 weeks of pregnancy that seeks to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent since Roe vs. Wade. The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments in the case on December 1, 2021.
Groups are Abortion Care Network, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Medical Students for Choice, National Abortion Federation, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP acts as a volunteer lawyer.
The brief corrects misconceptions about abortion and includes first-hand testimonies from qualified and expert medical professionals who perform abortion – including doctors, clinic administrators and medical students – about the devastating consequences abortion bans and restrictions on female patients across the country, including today. in Texas. The brief was filed on the 20th day Texas SB 8 – the sweeping “sue your neighbor” law that made abortion virtually inaccessible in the state – came into force. Below are excerpts from healthcare providers featured in the brief.
Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH, Texas; Family planning provider
“When Texas banned abortion in the spring of 2020, falsely claiming that abortion was not an essential service, our clinic was forced to close four times. I remember a patient who came to our clinic four times — we had to turn her down twice because of court orders that were made while she was in our waiting room. I have had patients who have had to travel, in the midst of a pandemic, to Chicago or Colorado, to access the care that we could have provided here. And I have had other patients who did not have the means or the capacity to travel out of state. “
Amna Dermish, MD, Texas; Family planning provider
“To this day, I had to turn away several patients who were too far away to get an abortion in Texas, including one who was less than six weeks pregnant. One of them curled up in a fetal position and started screaming hysterically. The others reacted more calmly but with no less devastation. I already dread tomorrow, when I will once again have to inflict pain on my patients by denying them the care they need.
Lori Williams, MSN, APRN, Arkansas; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation
“For me, abortion is natural. It is a vocation. This is my passion. Members of the abortion community – people who are as passionate about their work as I am – told me, “You have chosen such a difficult place to provide this care. You can do this in places where it wouldn’t be so stressful and difficult. Why Arkansas? ‘ But I always knew I had to do this job in Arkansas. And I still feel that way. “
Ying Zhang, medical doctor, Washington
“I provide full spectrum primary care. This includes the care of babies, children, adults and the elderly. And that includes taking care of people who are pregnant and wanting to be pregnant, and people who are pregnant and don’t want to be. From this perspective, it is easy for me to see that abortion care should be an integral part of health care. It is care that people need to live the fullest and best possible life. “
Ghazaleh Moayedi, DO, MPH, Texas and Oklahoma; Member of the board of directors of Doctors for Reproductive Health
“The biggest obstacle is the lack of access to abortion clinics. In Texas, there are many more places that mislead people about their journey and options than there are facilities providing abortion care. “
DeShawn Taylor, MD, M.Sc., FACOG., Arizona; Owner, Founder and Physician of Desert Star Family Planning Clinic and Board Member of the Abortion Care Network
“Abortion saves lives. … The state talks about demeaning the medical profession. But what is the black eye on the profession? It’s not about giving that person the procedure they need and letting them die.
Colleen McNicholas, DO, MS, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma; Family planning provider
“We are already seeing patients six days a week for nine hours a day. If we have to absorb even more patients from other states, that means longer delays. It’s ironic that the politicians who try to restrict second trimester abortion procedures are the ones who will be responsible for pushing the abortion later in gestation, including into the second trimester. “
Jessica Mecklosky, medical student, board of medical students for choice
“These patients desperately need accurate information about their reproductive health, from sex education to abortion counseling, and they’re not getting it.
Dr Kristina Tocce, MD, MPH, Colorado; Family planning provider
“In April 2020, after Texas banned abortion, our Colorado clinic saw a massive increase in the number of patients from Texas. Patients were literally fleeing the state for the care they needed, in some cases driving 12 hours each way. … Many, especially the patients of color and the patients I considered undocumented, not only had to take time off work, find transportation, coordinate childcare and organize accommodation and food during the journey. .
Yashica Robinson, MD, Alabama; Member of the board of directors of Doctors for Reproductive Health
“As an abortion provider, I strive for integrity and uphold the ethics of the profession. It means providing patients with the care they need. Like many abortion providers, this is one of the reasons I struggle to provide this care. It is unethical to refuse the care that a patient needs, sometimes so desperately. This is especially true with patients who have the least financial resources, the least social support, and very limited access to health care in general. They are the ones most affected by abortion restrictions.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana and Minnesota; PresidentWhole Women’s Health and Whole Women’s Health Alliance
“The way people get abortions in this country is done day and night depending on where they live, even though the abortion procedure and safety results are the same everywhere. In some states, government-imposed barriers make it extremely difficult for people to access abortion and delay their care. In states where Medicaid and private insurance do not cover abortion, where patients must visit the abortion center twice, and where there are few clinics remaining due to state restrictions, patients are more likely to be pushed into the second trimester. And for some patients, these state-imposed barriers prevent them from accessing an abortion at all. “
Mugdha Mokashi, medical student, former chairman of the board of medical students for the choice
“This means that a person’s place of residence will have a direct impact on their ability to live their life on their own terms. And that will worsen the inequalities in our society. “
Abortion Care Network (ACN) is the national association of independent community-based abortion care clinics, which collectively provide the majority of abortion care in the United States, serving three in five patients who have had an abortion. By supporting independent clinics, ACN strives to ensure that everyone can access dignified and expert abortion care.
The UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health integrates research, training, clinical care, and advocacy to advance reproductive autonomy, equitable and compassionate care, and reproductive and sexual health around the world.
Founded by medical students in 1993 in response to the almost complete lack of abortion education in their medical education, Medical Students for Choice supports any medical student or physician-in-training seeking training in abortion and abortion. family planning in 220 chapters in more than 28 countries.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include individuals, private and not-for-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals who together treat about half of the women who choose abortion. in the United States and Canada every year. Our members also include public hospitals and public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia. The NAF brings together, represents, serves and supports abortion providers in the delivery of patient-centered and evidence-based care.
Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) mobilizes and organizes medical providers to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice. PRH’s programs leverage education, advocacy and strategic communications to ensure access to equitable and comprehensive health care, which will always include abortion care. We believe that this work is necessary so that all people can live freely in dignity, safety and security.
Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for all, as well as the country’s largest provider of sexuality education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment, striving to create equitable access to health care. Through health centers, school and community programs, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of education and trusted information that empowers people to make informed health decisions. We do all of this because we passionately care about helping people lead healthier lives. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that supports independently incorporated subsidiaries of Planned Parenthood that operate health centers across the United States.