FAIR News: FAIR in Medicine Champions Oklahoma's Women’s Bill of Rights
Dear Friends of FAIR,
This week, FAIR in Medicine Fellow Dr. Lauren Schwartz, alongside fierce women’s rights defenders Riley Gaines and Somerlyn Cothran, spoke at the Oklahoma Women’s Bill of Rights executive order signing. Governor Kevin Stitt led the nation as the first governor to issue an executive order to boldly stand up for women’s rights. The bill defines sex-based words like 'female,' 'woman,' and 'mother' and protects women-only spaces.
Dr. Schwartz read a statement that embodies the values FAIR in Medicine aims to promote:
In medicine, it is our duty to take an unwavering approach. Every single patient deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, empathy and compassion, which includes prioritizing patient safety and lifelong wellbeing by upholding the highest standards of care. One of the many important provisions of this Executive Order is that it lays the groundwork for ensuring medical records accurately reflect biological sex. The purpose is not to exclude additional charting when needed to accommodate complex experiences and identities of our patients, for example, of those intersex and transgender individuals. However, when we unilaterally conflate biological sex with other concepts such as gender, gender identity, sexuality, orientation and presentation, we create unintended spaces for harm to occur.
FAIR in Medicine wholeheartedly agrees with Dr. Schwartz’ statement and is proud to have had FAIR represented at such an important event. FAIR in Medicine advocates for fulfilling the universal need for compassionate and excellent medical care, supporting the highest standards of training, research, and practice necessary for patients and physicians to flourish— this Women’s Bill of Rights is an important step forward toward safeguarding women’s health and safety in Oklahoma.
To read the executive order, click HERE.
To access photos from the signing, click HERE.
To read and sign the Women’s Bill of Rights, click HERE.
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