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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Biography

Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"

“[We] oppose legislative interference with the practice of medicine and a woman’s relationship with her doctor…

Access to safe and legal abortion is an important aspect of women’s health care. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States. The risk associated with childbirth is approximately fourteen times higher than abortion. Over 90% of abortions in the United States are performed in outpatient settings and almost all complications that arise after an abortion can be, and are, treated on an outpatient basis. Hospitalization due to an abortion is rare. There is a less than 0.3% risk of major complications following an abortion that might need hospital care and a recent study found that the risk of major complications from first trimester abortions by the aspiration method is even less—0.05%.”

Cowritten with the American Medical Association (AMA), “Brief of Amici Curiae American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees and in Support of Affirmance” in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott,, Dec. 19, 2013


“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.”

“John C. Jennings, MD, Becomes 65th President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,”, Apr. 30, 2014


“Dedicated to the advancement of women’s health.”

2012 Form 990, (accessed May 2, 2014)

501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
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