2017 has arrived with a bang. While many of us made new year resolutions and committed to some change in our personal lives, dramatic change is happening in government, both in Washington, D.C. and Austin, where state lawmakers have gathered for the Texas Legislative Session. Change has occurred at our organization as well. I’m honored to be serving as the new chair of ACOG XI (Texas) and the Me & My OBG campaign.
The new legislative session promises to be full of challenges. Legislators received a grim budget forecast from the State Comptroller which means funding fights over even fewer state dollars. Tough decisions will have to be made, and we will have to strengthen our resolve to fight to preserve womens health funding and protect against budget cuts that could hinder advances we’ve made in health care.
Our goal this session, above all else, is to protect the relationship women have with their doctor. We will also be working everyday to try to improve access to care, and to ensure that Texas women are provided with medically accurate information. We want to raise awareness about the efforts to legislate health care decisions that should be left to the patient and her doctor.
We Need Your Help!
ACOG and Me & My OBG will look for opportunity to work with our patients, providers, and lawmakers to provide better health outcomes for Texas women. We are committed to advocating for our patients and for the necessary resources to provide the highest level of care. With this new year may come great volatility. Now, more than ever, we’ll need to work closely together. We’re ready to get going and hope you’ll be part of our important efforts.
Tony Dunn, MD
ACOG-District XI Chair