Response to Roe v. Wade Decision
Dear SOGH Community,
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists represents physicians and other professionals who care for hospitalized women and pregnant persons. We are frequently called upon to care for patients in life-threatening situations, including hemorrhage, infection and surgical emergencies. We work to decrease maternal mortality through the practice of evidence-based medicine.
We oppose any legislation that makes caring for our patients less safe. Physicians and caregivers should be free from legal repercussions for providing medically appropriate interventions. The best medical decisions are made by a patient and their caregiver, based on the pregnant person’s medical needs, unique circumstances, values and goals for their family.
Women and pregnant persons are more than a vehicle to deliver babies. They deserve respect and care in their own right. Abortion care is health care. We call upon the Supreme Court to uphold the reproductive rights of pregnant persons and not to interfere with our members’ ability to provide high quality, compassionate, equitable care to our patients.
SOGH has recently partnered with ACOG by signing onto two letters; one opposing the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping and the other opposing the Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children. Follow the links below to view these letters:
The Society of OBGYN Hospitalists stands with our fellow organizations, local, and national leaders who oppose systemic racism. Violence and prejudice contribute to the disproportionate maternal morbidity and mortality of Black and Brown women in the United States and pose a direct threat to women’s health worldwide. As frontline, hospital-based providers of women’s healthcare, we are uniquely positioned to fight for justice and tolerance through evidence-based care, research, and policy development.
We mourn the death of George Floyd and so many others, and accept the clear demand to effect change. We acknowledge the implicit bias within all of us, and are committed to mitigating it. Black and Brown Americans are underrepresented in medicine and our own specialty. We acknowledge these disparities and dedicate ourselves to actively pursuing equity in representation and access to education.
We are committed to working toward a system that provides equitable healthcare for Black and Brown women. We are committed to making our organization more representative of the diverse women we serve. We will partner with organizations working to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality for Black and Brown women, and we will not falter.