Dignity Denied

Access to Abortion Gives us Dignity, Freedom and Hope

When opponents push abortion further out of reach, or criminalize it, they deny our humanity.

A recent report by the nonpartisan National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) concludes definitively that abortion is safe and effective health care.

The NASEM report makes clear that quality abortion care is threatened by medically unnecessary regulations that target abortion providers, limited training opportunities and a lack of public funding. These restrictions punish women and undermine care.

With heightened threats from every branch of government, access to abortion has never been more at risk. Will you fight with us to ensure that abortion is accessible without shame, stigma or barriers?

Yes. Politicians should stop blocking access to evidence-based care.

Get the Facts about Abortion Access

Politically-motivated restrictions on abortion access pose a significant threat to women's health, safety, economic security, dignity and freedom. These regulations "often prohibit qualified providers from providing services, misinform women of the risks of the procedures they are considering, overrule women's and clinician's medical decision making, or require medically unnecessary services and delays in care." Now more than ever, we must push back against those who would deny us access, and speak out for women's autonomy and dignity.

  • POLITICIANS:

    Force providers to give women state-drafted materials that include biased and misleading information, such as a deceptive statement about abortion complications and future fertility and the implication that abortion is linked to breast cancer — despite numerous studies finding no such link.

  • THE NASEM REPORT:

    Clearly shows that no credible research exists to support any of these claims, and states that patients' informed medical decision-making "is impeded when state regulations require that women be provided inaccurate or misleading information. ..." (NASEM report, page 5-5)

  • POLITICIANS:

    Force women to wait 24-72 hours after receiving a state-mandated ultrasound and biased information before being able to obtain abortion care. As a result of the mandatory delay, a woman seeking abortion care must make a medically unnecessary second trip to the clinic.

  • THE NASEM REPORT:

    States clearly that "requirements, such as multiple visits and waiting periods, delay abortion services, and by doing so may increase the clinical risks and cost of care. They may also limit women's options for care and impact providers' ability to provide patient-centered care." (NASEM report, page 2-26)

  • POLITICIANS:

    Prevent qualified providers from offering abortion care by falsely claiming that quality care requires a specially-credentialed physician.

  • THE NASEM REPORT:

    Affirms that unnecessary clinician requirements are harmful to abortion access, stating that "[b]y establishing higher-level credentials than are necessary ... these policies can reduce the availability of providers, resulting in inequitable access to abortion care. ... Both physicians ... and [advanced practice clinicians like nurse-midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners] can provide medication and aspiration abortions safely and effectively." (NASEM report, pages 3-19 to 3-20)

  • POLITICIANS:

    Prevent health care providers from administering medication abortion via telemedicine — a safe means of making health care more accessible, especially to people in underserved areas — despite allowing the use of telemedicine for other health care services.

  • THE NASEM REPORT:

    Clearly states that "[t]here is no evidence that the dispensing or taking of mifepristone tablets requires the physical presence of a clinician. ..." Medication abortion is safe, highly effective, and can safely be dispensed via telemedicine. (NASEM report, page 2-27)

Learn more about the ways politicians are undermining quality abortion care in a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families:

Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Abortion Care and Access

Across the country, politicians are enacting anti-abortion laws that ignore evidence and science and mandate how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider's professional judgment, ethical obligations or the needs of his or her patients. Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Abortion Care and Access, a 2018 report by the National Partnership for Women & Families, documents this trend. The report finds that a large majority of states have one or more of these "bad medicine" laws.

A majority of states have at least one abortion restriction that bears no relationship to medical standards, undermines health care providers' efforts to provide high-quality, patient-centered care and takes decision-making away from women. These restrictions punish women — particularly women of color and low-income women — who face multiple disparities and structural barriers that increase their likelihood of experiencing the harm caused by obstacles to abortion care.

Read the Bad Medicine report here »