Despite the recent abortion legislation in North Carolina, Duke Ob/Gyn is committed to providing comprehensive education to our Ob/Gyn trainees. We serve a high-risk patient population and aim to protect reproductive health care access for patients in the South. We believe abortion is health care and continue to provide abortion services through 12 weeks (and up to 24 weeks for lethal anomalies), as dictated by law.
Duke Ob/Gyn continues to work to create policies and procedures to comply with evolving legislation, protect our clinicians and take the best possible care of our patients.
We are dedicated to evidence-based, patient-centered and compassionate care, all of which shape our training, advocacy and identity as providers, and our commitment to our patients.
We will continue to advocate for patients' rights to make their own health care decisions and against legislative interference in the practice of medicine.
Additional updates will be communicated as we better understand the implications and changes in care required.
Like many of you, we have been following the abortion legislation that passed the North Carolina General Assembly, and we respect the diversity of views and feelings people have about the legislation and the issue of abortion across our organization. As we learn from experts here at Duke and from national and state medical organizations who advise on these issues, we want to share some of the impacts of additional restrictions on abortion care on our patients, our students, team members and colleagues, and on Duke Health’s education, patient care and community health missions.
Family planning and reproductive health services, including abortion, are evidence-based, essential health care. Any new restrictions on reproductive health care would prevent North Carolinians from accessing the full benefit of this care.
Our patients should be able to make their own individualized health care decisions in consultation with their providers. Being able to offer the full spectrum of highest quality family planning services, including abortion services, is also a vital component of our educational mission to train physicians to deliver comprehensive care. As advised by national organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the American Nurses Association, the WorldHealth Organization and state organizations such as the North Carolina Medical Societyand the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, safe and reliable access to these services is a critical part of women’s health. We value our ability to provide this care safely, compassionately and equitably.
Abortion care is necessary for the complex and highly sensitive health and emotional needs of people who are making childbearing decisions. Narrowing access to abortion access erodes health and emotional wellness. It will also exacerbate systemic inequities in society and the health care system that result in communities of color and people with low incomes struggling to access comprehensive reproductive health care, includingabortion. On nearly every measure, people in states that ban or restrict abortion haveworse maternal health outcomes, including mortality.
Duke Health will continue to advocate that people should be allowed to make intimate and complex decisions for their health based on evidence-based medicine with the guidance of their providers, their family and those they personally trust.
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Duke University Medical Center is consistently rated one of the top health systems in America. Duke Ob/Gyn faculty have earned national and international recognition for excellence in patient care, teaching and research in women’s reproductive health.
Duke Ob/Gyn placed in the top 10 nationally for graduate specialty programs, ranking fourth in the nation in 2023 (U.S. News & World Report).
Duke Ob/Gyn's residency program is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Doximity. The residency curriculum at Duke is a four-year program that includes clinical and surgical training in five subspecialty areas:
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Complex Family Planning