As recent news has revealed, the U.S. Supreme Court plans to overturn long-standing abortion rights protections. The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) salutes Governor Newsom and legislative leaders for their quick response to protect access to abortion in California, and stands with the administration in that effort.
“CAFP is working with national and state leaders to ensure patient care, health care access, and patient-physician relationships are supported,” Lauren Simon, MD, CAFP President said.
CAFP strongly denounces any decision that limits an individual’s ability to make their own reproductive decisions. In order to improve the health of patients, families, and communities, everyone must have access to the full range of health care services. Failing to protect or limiting abortion access will lead to unsafe abortions and unsafe pregnancies, which result in significant increases in maternal mortality.
Family physicians are firmly against any policies that limit the evidence-based practice of medicine, threaten the patient-physician relationship, and inhibit the delivery of safe, timely, and necessary comprehensive care, including reproductive health services and information. Abortion is an evidence-based health care service.
CAFP represents family physicians with diverse individual perspectives, but we stand united in the belief that health care decisions should be made by patients in consultation with a trusted physician who is able to offer all information necessary to ensure informed consent. CAFP strongly opposes any external interference in this process as it conflicts with the fundamental medical principle of patient autonomy and infringes upon the physician-patient relationship.
CAFP supports and advocates for health equity. Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive health services–including abortion disproportionately decreases access to care for people of color, low-income individuals, rural residents and other vulnerable populations.
Family medicine offers a unique perspective as a specialty committed to the care of individuals throughout their lives. The CAFP offers itself as a resource to provide expert information on reproductive health and the patient-physician relationship. We support the right of any individual to access abortion services and providers’ to be able to safely provide these important services without threat of intimidation or criminalization.