The importance of access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion: a statement from women's health professional organizations

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jan;220(1):67-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2018.09.008. Epub 2018 Sep 26.


Barriers to women's reproductive health care access, particularly for termination of pregnancy, are increasing at the local, regional, and national levels through numerous institutional, legislative, and regulatory restrictions. Lack of access to reproductive health care has negative consequences for women's health. Twelve women's health care organizations affirm their support for access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion.

Keywords: abortion; access; legislative restrictions; professional organizations; reproductive health care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Delivery of Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Female
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Obstetrics / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States
  • Women's Health*