Women's Health Connecticut Issues Statement on Roe v. Wade
June 1, 2022
Women’s Health Connecticut is comprised of hundreds of clinicians, from across the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, providing obstetrical and gynecological services to hundreds of thousands of patients each year, with the full spectrum of reproductive health being an essential component of our care. The recently leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision, which would reverse Roe v. Wade, has troubling ramifications for millions of women and their families.
As reproductive healthcare providers, we know that forcing women to continue an unwanted and possibly harmful pregnancy not only ignores their own autonomy, but also increases risks for medical, mental health, psychosocial, and economic harm, and has a greater risk of maternal death than pregnancy termination. Providing counseling and support to our patients about reproductive options includes contraception, family planning, and evidence-based, safe, and indicated abortion care.
Making healthcare decisions is a private matter between a patient and their provider. These decisions are deeply personal, and we feel privileged that our patients trust us to help them navigate this complex and often stressful process.
The following physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, staff and leadership of Women’s Health Connecticut stand with the majority of Americans who support the firmly established privacy right of people to control their own reproductive health. We support a woman’s fundamental right to control her reproductive health and oppose the dismantling of Roe v. Wade.