The AHA supports every woman’s unequivocal moral and legal right to autonomy over her own body and reproductive choices. Women’s access to family planning, contraception, birth control, emergency contraception, and healthcare services and resources should be unrestricted by the government or religious preferences of private third parties. Local, state, or federal initiatives designed to undermine the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade violate the individual’s human right to pursue all reproductive options.
The AHA will continue to advocate for every woman’s full exercise of her right to decide if and when to safely become a mother. Broader access to sex education (not limited to abstinence-only programs), all safe forms of contraception, and full-service healthcare options are essential policies to realizing that right. Government funding must not be used to compromise this right or to impose a specific ethical or religious standpoint on the public, nor should it be distributed to healthcare providers that do not offer the full extent of women’s health care services due to faith-based refusal to do so. Scientific advances provide significant choices for reproductive health, including abortion, and religious pressure must never impede full access to those resources.