In a new statement, the OB-GYNs tell North Carolina politicians to “get out of our exam rooms,” pointing out that unnecessary restrictions on abortion interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. North Carolina’s proposed restrictions would impose burdensome regulations on abortion clinics and restrict access to medication abortion.
“Scientific evidence should be central to the legislature’s deliberations on any women’s health care policy, especially when the measures would severely restrict access to necessary women’s health care and related lawful medical services,” the two groups’ statement reads. “Passage of these bills, which are not based on science, will have a detrimental effect on the health of women in North Carolina. We strongly urge lawmakers to reject these measures.”
As state-level abortion restrictions have gotten increasingly more extreme, women’s health experts have weighed in to warn about the potentially disastrous effects of coming between a woman and her doctor. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also issued a formal statement in opposition to Texas’ harsh abortion restrictions, which won final approval this past Saturday.
But medical professionals’ opinions haven’t typically done much to sway politically motivated legislative pushes — or the mainstream media. Despite testimony from state health department officials confirming that Texas’ proposed restrictions won’t do anything to make abortion clinics safer, lawmakers passed them anyway. And during the weeks of coverage of Texas’ anti-abortion bill, actual women’s health experts were virtually absent from cable news.
Even if lawmakers may not listen to them, North Carolina’s OB-GYNs do happen to be backed by public opinion. Just a small minority of North Carolina voters — 34 percent — support the proposed abortion restrictions. And a full 80 percent think it’s inappropriate to tack abortion-related amendments onto totally unrelated bills.