Health care providers and women seeking abortions are increasingly subjected to legal requirements that make abortion care more difficult to obtain. These requirements are contrary to medical evidence and best practices, in addition to interfering with the relationship between health care providers and their patients.
However, an effort is emerging in several states that directly responds to these types of restrictions with bills that would protect the patient-provider relationship. State legislators, along with national and state-based advocacy groups, are drafting these bills in order to improve women’s access to evidenced-based health care. As it continues to expand, this proactive policy effort can act to counter legislative interference in health care and protect both providers and patients, including women seeking abortion care.
For more on this idea, please see:
- Changing the Conversation on Abortion Restrictions by Donna Barry, Andrea D. Friedman, Sarah Lipton-Lubet