Medicine has a troubling history around reproductive health issues, including coercion and deception that has led to abuse of women and particularly women of color. Recent headlines have shown a light on this issue, but it is not new for our nation, or for California. Even before recent headlines, CAFP members recognized the importance of reproductive health access and choice for incarcerated and detained people. One of the two resolutions CAFP submitted to the AAFP addresses reproductive health care for incarcerated and otherwise detained people – https://www.aafp.org/about/congress-delegates/2020/resolutions/health-of-public-science/cosponsored-f.mem.html. CAFP hopes this resolution will help to make real change and continue the conversation. We will provide an update on the resolution and a statement on reproductive health access and choice for incarcerated and detained people once the resolution is heard at AAFP COD.
The CAFP resolutions will first be discussed in reference committee on October 3rd before they go to the congress of delegates (COD) October 12-13.