IAFP Reproductive Health Overview
In anticipation of changes to reproductive health access in Idaho and across the United States, the IAFP formed a Reproductive Health Committee, made up of board members and members to prepare for these changes.
IAFP Reproductive Health Committee
The Reproductive Health Committee will serve to review evidence-based practices, educate IAFP members on reproductive health topics, and advocate for reproductive health access in Idaho. The committee is currently involved in:
- Supporting access to the full range of reproductive health services.
- Advocating for enhanced access to contraceptives for Idahoans to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
- Requesting increased efforts to provide sex education by the state of Idaho.
- Developing and distributing educational resources for our members and their patients experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
Resources for Providers
The IAFP Reproductive Health Committee recommends the following resources for providers focused on updating contraceptive protocols, accessing more information to prevent unplanned pregnancies, accessing information about adoption, and supporting patients carrying unplanned pregnancies. More tools and resources will be shared on a regular basis.
Recording of Emergency Contraception Presentation from Dr. Loren Colson, July 15, 2022
- Reproductive Care Clinical Workflow—Updated workflow for providing reproductive health care
- Contraception Toolkit—Provides a brief background on the history of contraception, offers provider-level information on contraceptives including oral, transdermal, intrauterine and emergency contraceptive methods, as well as links and information for patients to assist in choosing a contraceptive method.
- Central District Health Offering Free LARC Services
- Contraception Point-of-Care App for providers:
- Exploring the Pathways to Adoption Fact Sheet for Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Adoption: Considering Your Options and Making a Plan Fact Sheet for Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Reproductive Health Access Project
- Guttmacher Institute: Interactive Map–Abortion Policies and Access in the United States
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- Northwest Abortion Access Fund
- Pacific Abortion Project
- Report: The Post-Roe Landscape from MultiState
- Patient Confidentiality and Self-Managed Abortion: A Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Patients
This statement was developed to respond to legislation in Idaho that would outlaw abortion after six weeks and allow family members of the person who received an abortion to sue their provider. That legislation was passed but has been stayed by the Idaho Supreme Court and has not been implemented.
Statement by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG)
Impacts of Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade
- On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of reproductive health policy regarding access to abortion. The decision allows states to determine the legality or illegality of abortion on a state-by-state basis.
- Idaho’s Legislature passed a “trigger” law in March of 2020 that makes abortion illegal if Roe v Wade is ever overturned. There are exceptions to save a pregnant patient’s life and for rape and incest if the patient has previously reported the rape or incest to law enforcement and provided a copy of the report to the physician performing the abortion.
- Due to Idaho’s Trigger Law, abortion will become illegal in Idaho within 30 days of the decision being officially issued. Supreme Court decisions are usually official 30-days after they are announced. That could mean abortion will still be legal in Idaho until mid-August.
Resources and Policies from the AAFP on Reproductive Health