We will continue to fight for equitable health care for all
We are devastated and concerned over the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2022. For nearly half a century, the right to abortion has been upheld and protected as a federal constitutional right. It is consistent with the right to privacy and autonomy over one's body. As described by the American Medical Association, the overturn of Roe v. Wade is “an egregious allowance of government intrusion into the medical examination room, a direct attack on the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship, and a brazen violation of patients’ rights to evidence-based reproductive health services.” Moreover, the Court's decision will disproportionately impact disadvantaged women and birthing persons in our country and only worsen existing health disparities.
At the Center for Primary Care, we believe in a person’s right to choose what is best for their body. We believe the right to safe and accessible abortion services is a matter of equity, which is a crucial part of the mission of our Center. We believe it is the responsibility and privilege of primary care clinicians and health care workers to hear their patients, honor their choices, and provide them with the best care and resources possible. As the Center for Primary Care, we stand with those who believe in the right to choose, and we will continue to advocate and fight for equitable health care for all.
Russell Phillips, MD
Director, Center for Primary Care
On behalf of HMS Center for Primary Care staff and faculty