NYC Health+Hospitals’ health leader details work to expand access to abortion care in prestigious journal

NYC Health + Hospitals reproductive health leader Marisa Nadas, MD, MPH, co-authored an article in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, detailing the municipal health system’s work over the past several years to expand access to abortion care. Following New York State’s passage of the Reproductive Health Act in 2019 – which decriminalized abortion, expanded the number of clinicians who can provide abortion care, and created protections to allow for abortion later in pregnancy — NYC Health + Hospitals assembled a systemwide group of reproductive health clinician-advocates who identified existing barriers to abortion care and created a plan to expand these services. The group focused on three areas: increasing communications with patients and providers, enhancing procedural skills for providers, and expanding accessibility for patients. Moving forward with support from the City and the state, and because of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, the health system will continue to increase access, add providers, and enhance the patient care experience.   

“In the context of the devastating loss of reproductive autonomy that our population is currently facing, the work we are doing to expand abortion access and care at NYC Health + Hospitals is critical for our current and future patients,” said Dr. Nadas. “The comprehensive work that began several years ago across our facilities has prepared us – sadly – for the sudden reduction and elimination of reproductive health services elsewhere in the country. We’re ready to support our patients for all their reproductive health needs.” 

 

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