This proactive legislation would allow patients to access reproductive health care free of political interference, harassment and misinformation.
Rep. Chris Taylor and Sen. Jon Erpenbach introduced the Patients Reproductive Health Act in order to protect the doctor-patient relationship, ensure patients receive medically accurate information, and end the harassment of patients and providers in the reproductive health care field.
This groundbreaking bill, the most comprehensive in the country, is a big step forward for patients in Wisconsin. The Patients Reproductive Health Act has three main goals:
- Prevent politicians from interfering with the doctor-patient relationship
- Ensure all patients receive evidence-based, medically accurate information from their doctors
- Guarantee patients can access comprehensive health care and health care professionals can provide this care free from harassment and intimidation.
Since Gov. Walker took office in 2011, we have seen a wave of hostile restrictions to women’s health that bring politicians into personal health care decisions. Health care providers should be free to make medical decisions without politicians getting in the way, and patients should always receive medically accurate information.
Medical professionals have expressed concern over recent laws passed in Wisconsin that restrict access to health care, require providers to give medically inaccurate information, and intrude on the doctor-patient relationship. This bill aims to correct these troubling laws and end this trend of political interference.
At Planned Parenthood, we believe all people should be able to access health care free from misinformation, harassment and political interference. We’ll continue to fight to make sure everyone in Wisconsin has access to the health care and accurate information they deserve--no matter what.
Testimony In Support Of The Patients Reproductive Health Act
"The Patients Reproductive Health Act is a powerful initiative based on our patients’ medical needs and current science. It is a necessary step to ensure that everyone has access to the best reproductive health care." –Nancy Standwood, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Section Chief of Family Planning at the Yale School of Medicine & Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health
"This legislation does two very important things. It makes sure women have access to the care they need without sacrificing physician discretion or conscience. And it frees doctors to give women what they deserve, indeed what every patient deserves — honest, accurate information." – Alta Charo, JD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law and Medical Schools
"We all recognize and celebrate the great diversity of religious faiths and teachings that Americans follow, and believe that everyone's right of conscience should be protected, but that protection does not extend to imposing one person's beliefs on someone else." – Rabbi Bonnie Marqulis, Wisconsin Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Additional information on the Patients Reproductive Health Act from our partners at Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health:
Fact Sheet [pdf]
Full Component Chart [pdf]