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GLMA Support for Full Reproductive Services for Women

05/19/2002 -- Author: Joan Waitkevicz, MD

WHEREAS, due to harassment, intimidation and murder of abortion providers, reduced numbers of hospitals providing abortion, and reduced numbers of residency programs teaching abortion techniques, currently 80% of counties in the U.S. have no abortion provider; and

WHEREAS, gay and lesbian abortion providers have also been victims of such harassment, intimidation, and death threats; and

WHEREAS, in addition to being a legal right we should support, the right to choose an abortion personally affects the health and well-being of questioning lesbian youth, bisexual women, and women who are victims of rape; therefore be it

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association supports the right of women to choose medical or surgical abortion, and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association urges health care providers, in the context of a non judgmental sexual health history and when appropriate, to provide women with the full range of choices with regard to birth control so as to prevent unwanted pregnancy; and, if unwanted pregnancy occurs, with the full range of choices including abortion, and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association affirms the right of all providers of reproductive health care to do their work free of harassment, intimidation, and danger.

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ID Number: 122-02-102

This resolution was researched, discussed and approved by the full GLMA Board

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