Womxn’s Health Work Group
The Women’s Health Work Group is a group of interdisciplinary providers of all specialties and fields of medicine who have come together to advocate for the health of all those who identify as women (womxn), including cis, trans, and gender non-conforming.
Meghana Rao, MD (email); Bijou Basu, MD-PhD Candidate (email); Libby Benedict, MPA (email); Maria Phillis, MD, JD (email); Pratima Gupta, MD MPH (email)
The Womxn’s Health Workgroup has goals to
1) Optimize the health of womxn
2) Provide a review of policies through the lens of womxn’s health - ranging from reproductive rights to gun violence to drug pricing to substance use disorders to immigrant rights.
The work will involve the following:
● Educating our colleagues, our patients, the general public, policy stakeholders, and legislators on issues pertaining to womxn’s health.
● Amplifying the voices of physicians through advocacy and partnerships with other leaders and organizations.
● Ensuring that womxn’s health priorities are incorporated into all initiatives taken through Doctors for America.
What We Believe
- Family planning is an important factor in health of women and families.
- Every woman and man in America should have access to equitable, affordable, high-quality, comprehensive reproductive health services including all approved contraception methods and abortion.
- Decisions about individual choices should be made by individuals and their health care professionals, not by third parties including employers, payers, and elected officials.
Policies for Patients and Health
- We support all payers covering contraception and abortion. We recognize the cost-neutral religious exemption workaround as an acceptable solution as long as women can access contraception.
- We oppose restrictions on contraception access in America and abroad, including the Hyde Amendment.
- We oppose abstinence-only education as all evidence indicates that these programs are not effective in reducing unplanned pregnancies.
- We oppose non-evidence-based restrictions on how and when health care professionals can provide contraception or abortion care.
What You Can Do
- Share Your Stories: Stories are the most powerful way change happens. Have you met a patient with a compelling story of why women's health matters? You can speak for her - protect her identity and make sure the world knows what is happening to real people! Share your story in a blog, letter to the editor, op ed, or on Facebook or Twitter. The more people hear the stories, the more we can create real change.
- Make Sure Your Elected Officials Know How You Feel: Your representatives at the city, state, and federal level are responsible to you - whether you share their views or not. Make sure your views are counted. You can contact them by phone, email, in person, or tweet!
- Get Together with Others: There's always power (and fun!) in numbers. Host a gathering of other people who care about women's health access so you can brainstorm together what action you can take. If you have a great idea that takes off, share with us, and maybe we can spread it nationally!
- Reach Out to Local Organizations: Ask your local Planned Parenthood how you can get involved.
- Donate: Help Doctors for America keep doing the work we do with a tax-deductible donation of any amount today. We rely on individuals for half our operating budget, and every dollar counts! Donate here.
- Is there a hot issue in womxn's health that you think Doctors for America should rally around? Do you want to step up and take a leadership role? Have you taken any action above? Email us today to tell us about it!