- Consensus guidelines for facilities performing outpatient gynecologic procedures, including abortion, have been released.
- Although these guidelines are for all clinics, their specific use is to address laws that target abortion.
Why this matters
- Laws proposing requirements on abortion clinics lack scientific evidence that such regulations will improve safety.
- Targeting specific procedures based on ideology rather than evidence sets a dangerous precedent for the regulation of medicine.
- Research is insufficient to allow the conclusion that particular facility factors have a positive or negative effect on patient safety or experience.
- Research suggests that some facility requirements may result in decreased service availability.
- No evidence indicates that regulations targeted at abortion care improve safety.
- The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics established a group of clinicians, consumers, and representatives from accrediting bodies to review available evidence and clinical practice.
- Final guidelines released following systematic review, consensus, and public comment.
- Funding: Members of ACOG; Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program; National Partnership for Women & Families; anonymous US-based charitable foundation; members of the Procedures Working Group; organizations represented on the planning committee.
- More research needed.