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    February 21, 2019 at 4:55 pm #2366
    1. WHEREAS, the Supreme Court ruled in favor Jane Roe and the pursuit of safe, legal abortion
    2. rights for women in the United States in 1973 in response to the unconstitutionality of states’
    3. imposition of laws and statutes that interfere with an individual’s right to autonomy and privacy
    4. regarding the creation of a family1; and
    5. WHEREAS, in 1967, 17% of pregnancy-induced maternal demise was due to illegal abortion
    6. complications performed without medical personnel and resources2; and
    7. WHEREAS, according the CDC Abortion Surveillance Systems, “652,639 legal induced
    8. abortions were reported,” which indicate 652,639 women chose abortion as their choice of
    9. medical care in 2014, elucidating the enormity of need of such resources and patient autonomy3;
    10. and
    11. WHEREAS, according the CDC Abortion Surveillance Systems, 4 (.0006%) women died in
    12. 2013 as a result of complications post legal abortion3, further elucidating the benefit of women’s
    13. rights to choose as opposed to the aforementioned loss of life while abortion was made illegal
    14. nationwide; and
    15. WHEREAS, women of low socioeconomic status and minorities will suffer the brunt of the
    16. repercussions of overturning Roe v. Wade due to the loss of funding protections for Title X
    17. subsidiaries, like Planned Parenthood, that provide affordable reproductive healthcare that
    18. includes annual mammograms, preventative gynecological healthcare and screenings, access to
    19. birth control, sexual education, and safe abortion procedures, leading to increased incidences of
    20. malignancies, unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortion practices4; and
    21. WHEREAS, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) holds and supports
    22. the committee opinion for clinical guidelines on women’s reproductive health and rights that
    23. “safe, legal abortion is a necessary component of women’s health care… Legislative restrictions
    24. fundamentally interfere with the patient-provider relationship and decrease access to abortion for
    25. all women, and particularly for low-income women and those living long distances from health
    26. care providers.”4; and
    27. WHEREAS, ACOG, which currently represents 58,000 OG/GYNs in the U.S. and abroad8, and
    28. the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology published a position statement in 2016
    29. emphasizing that “…[P]rohibitions on essential care that are based on religious or other non
    30. scientific grounds can jeopardize women’s health and safety.”5; and
    31. WHEREAS, physicians are trained to serve with the patient’s best interest in mind, regardless of
    32. personal moral or ethical convictions as long as the legal standard of care is practiced; and
    33. WHEREAS, the decision to safely terminate pregnancy should be solely at the discretion of the
    34. patient and their healthcare team; and
    35. WHEREAS, opposition to abortion lies on moral premise, judgement, a 35 nd conviction and on the
    36. idea that states should be held financially and socially accountable for the welfare of women who
    37. become unexpectedly pregnant according to ACOG6; and
    38. WHEREAS, as there is a separation of church and state, there should be a separation of church
    39. and medicine; therefore, be it
    40. RESOLVED, that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) support Roe v. Wade
    41. for the purpose of supporting women’s right to access reproductive healthcare as part of their
    42. fundamental healthcare rights; and, be it further
    43. RESOLVED, that SOMA stand by ACOG in their recommendation of increased provisions for
    44. safe and legal abortion resources and reproductive healthcare education for female patients; and,
    45. be it further
    46. RESOLVED, that SOMA call upon the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to stand by
    47. ACOG in their recommendation of increased provisions for safe and legal abortion and
    48. reproductive healthcare resources and opposition of the reversal of Roe v. Wade by drafting an
    49. official statement reflecting this position.

    Explanatory Statement
    The reversal of Roe v. Wade will undoubtedly increase the rate of illegal abortions performed in the United States, vastly increasing infertility and mortality risks due to patients’ lack of knowledge on how and when to best perform these procedures via chemical methods. Abortions will occur regardless of its legality. At the forefront of our oath and practice is the patient; safety, autonomy and dignity are held to highest regard. Therefore, depriving women of the right to safe, legal access to reproductive health, family planning, and abortion services is not only
    unconstitutional but directly infringes on their right to autonomy over their bodies and lives. Moreover, women of low socioeconomic background are at highest risk due to the inevitable reduction of funding allocated to Title X programs liked Planned Parenthood. As a result, we stand in strong opposition to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the subsequent legal repercussions for female patients who seek autonomy, and the danger to life that is illegal abortion.

     
    References

    1. Parenthood, P. (n.d.). Roe v. Wade: The Constitutional Right to Access Safe, Legal Abortion. Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/abortion/roe-v-wade
    2. Vital Statistics of the United States 1949. Part I: Natality, Mortality, Marriage, Divorce, Morbidity, and Life Table Data for the United States. General Tables by Place of Occurrence with Supplemental Tables for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Alaska, Part II: Natality and Mortality Data for the United States Tabulated by Place of Residence. (1952). JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association,150(15), 1547. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150101037
    3. Reproductive Health. (2017, November 16). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm
    4. Women’s Health Care Physicians. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Increasing-Access-to-Abortion
    5. Women’s Health Care Physicians. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/About-Us
    6. Women’s Health Care Physicians. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Position-Statements/Restrictions-to-Comprehensive-Reproductive-Health-Care
    7. Women’s Health Care Physicians. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Increasing-Access-to-Abortion

    Submitted by:
    Mayen Gonzalez, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Carlos Garcia Galindo, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Samantha Ashley Gooch, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Sven Wang, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Justine Harris McKee, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Aerial Petty, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

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  1. rachel chisausky
    A.T. Still University SOMA
    Posts:
    February 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm #2420

    STRONGLY support. abortion is safe, common, and a necessary component of basic healthcare. AOA must take a stand with ACOG and other expert agencies to support basic health care rights that are currently being threatened.

  2. Katelyn Gudyka
    TouroCOM Middletown
    Posts:
    February 28, 2019 at 11:15 am #2424

    Strongly support. Access to abortion is a critical part of women’s health care, which needs to be protected along with sex education and access to contraception.