Reproductive Health Commitment
To: All UMass Memorial Health Caregivers
From: Eric Dickson, MD, President and CEO, UMass Memorial Health
Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Date: June 27, 2022
Re: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Reproductive Health
Many of us are still in shock about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade on Friday of last week. We want to take this moment to repeat and reaffirm UMass Memorial Health’s commitment to reproductive health for all people regardless of their circumstances.
We are fortunate to live and work in a state that shares this commitment and supports health care organizations that provide safe, accessible reproductive care. In fact, Governor Baker signed an executive order on Friday to protect reproductive health care in the Commonwealth in light of the Court’s decision. While it is unclear what this ruling will mean for those who come to our state to receive this kind of care, we will work with our reproductive health colleagues to ensure access to meet any increase in demand.
We also will join other health care organizations and associations, such as the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and others, to advocate for all patients who seek reproductive health care and for clinicians who provide such care.
As a safety net provider, UMass Memorial Health has a commitment to treat every patient regardless of their circumstances, which means our doors are always open to anyone and everyone. We will never turn anyone away – and that includes any pregnant person who is making a very difficult decision about their pregnancy.