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Statement on Congressional Budget Agreement by Michael Thomas, MD, ARHP board chair



For Immediate Release
April 11,  2011

As a physician and the chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), I am deeply dismayed by the recent happenings in Congress. Ideology and attacks on women’s health have no place in political budget negotiations. The 12,000 reproductive health professionals from across the healthcare team represented by ARHP support women’s health and the critical preventative services provided by Planned Parenthood and Title X clinics. It is outrageous that our elected officials have chosen to nearly shutdown the government for an ideological standoff over who can and who cannot provide routine gynecologic services, contraceptive counseling, and other women’s health care, including abortion. I am deeply disappointed that, in an effort to compromise, a provision to ban the District of Columbia from spending local funds to provide abortions to low-income women was allowed. We urge our Members of Congress to leave medicine to health care providers and focus on creating jobs and passing a budget that will start to reduce our growing deficit and restore the American economy.

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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.