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Family Physicians' Group Officially Opposes 'Nonevidence-Based Restrictions' on Women's Health Care

Family Physicians' Group Officially Opposes 'Nonevidence-Based Restrictions' on Women's Health Care

October 27, 2014 — The American Academy of Family Physicians last week adopted a resolution that "supports a woman's access to reproductive health services and opposes nonevidence-based restrictions on medical care and on the provision of abortion services," Medscape reports.

The group's members approved the resolution during it 2014 Congress of Delegates. AAFP officially takes a neutral stance on abortion rights, according to Medscape.

Women's Health Protection Act Resolution

AAFP's New York chapter proposed a resolution that would support measures like the Women's Health Protection Act (S 1696, HR 3471). The federal legislation would dismantle state laws "restricting physicians' speech and compelling physicians to give medically inaccurate information to patients, particularly regarding abortion services," AAFP New York President Linda Prine said.

While most speakers at the meeting supported such a resolution, some who spoke in opposition expressed concern that AAFP's endorsement of the legislation could be interpreted as support for abortion rights, instead of the current neutral stance. The version that was ultimately approved removed language alluding to AAFP's support for legislation (Tucker, Medscape, 10/23).