protecting women’s health
Women’s health advocates support MICRA to maintain access to care and to keep health care providers practicing throughout California. Without MICRA, the decline in the number of obstetric providers in the state will only get worse, further threatening women’s access to comprehensive, quality reproductive health care.
According to a 2012 survey from the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, due to the high risk of liability claims, 27 percent of obstetricians have limited the amount of high-risk patients they are willing to see, 8 percent have reduced the number of babies they deliver, and 6 percent have stopped practicing altogether.
Of particular concern is the potentially devastating effect reduced access to quality ob/gyn care, including prenatal care, will have on California’s growing population of lower income women and their babies, as well as those who live in rural areas.