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RELEASE: Physicians Applaud Administration’s Contraception Announcement


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Today’s announcement right decision for protecting women’s health

WASHINGTON, DC – Doctors for America, a movement of 15,000 physicians and medical students across all 50 states, responded positively today to the White House announcement about the contraceptive coverage provision of the health care law.

“As physicians, our highest concern is the health of our patients,” said Dr. Alice Chen, Executive Director of Doctors for America. “Today’s announcement preserves women’s access to contraception and is in the best interests of women’s health.”

Dr. Chris Lillis, a physician in Fredricksburg, Virginia who trained at Georgetown and was raised in a Catholic family added, “employers and the government shouldn’t be restricting access to care.  I’m relieved this ruling keeps health care decisions where they should be: between patients and their physicians.”

In the last few days, over 1,200 physicians and medical students, including over 100 Catholics, signed an open letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama urging them to uphold cost-free coverage of contraception for women.  Citing the health and well-being of women as their primary concern, these physicians joined the nationally respected Institute of Medicine and other health care provider groups in making this recommendation.

“Most people don’t realize contraceptive pills have many uses besides birth control,” said Dr. Rashmi Murthy, a primary care physician in Miami, Florida who cares for many young and middle-aged women.  “They are also utilized for menstrual irregularities and menstrual pain, for example. This ruling will not force any patient to use contraception. It is about providing women with their rightful access to important health care. This is very important to me as a physician.”

Doctors for America supports today’s announcement.

View the petition from over 1200 physicians supporting access to contraceptive coverage: http://bit.ly/DoctorsContraceptionPetition

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