- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and its partners have issued a statement on newly published consensus and guidelines on the safety of outpatient gynecology procedures, including abortion care.
- Given available evidence, guidelines for facilities performing office-based procedures, including abortion, are already "comprehensive and adequate," they say.
Why this matters
- Outpatient abortion care is safe, comprehensive, and adequate, but new regulations/laws requiring changes to abortion services may lead to an unwarranted burden on women without increasing benefit.
- Policy makers should use the information to protect patient access to care, ACOG said in its statement.
- Little evidence addresses the effect of outpatient facilities, patient safety.
- Further measures beyond current accepted practices are unjustified.
- Guidelines are published here.
- More than a dozen organizations have endorsed the guidelines.
- Guidelines were developed by representatives from ACOG and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
- Guidelines reflect the results of "The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics," led by a planning committee of representatives from multiple organizations, who created these consensus guidelines.
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