An Open Letter to WHNP Students

An open letter to WHNP students by NPWH Chair Elect, Diana Drake DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC and Clinical Associate Professor

Dear WHNP Students,

To the students who graduated this semester in the Class of 2019, and the future graduates in the Class of 2020 and 2021, I strongly urge you to pay very close attention to the current bans, discussions and political debates regarding abortion, contraception and the control of women’s bodies that is happening right now. With all due respect to your individual values and beliefs, please know that the issues at stake will have a direct impact on you career as WHNPs and the young girls and women you are seeing as patients.

The WHNP faculty work hard to instill the values of compassionate individualized care, health care rights, safe choices and equal access. What we teach is based on sound science and it is implemented through models of evidence-based practice. As WHNPs, we follow and align closely with highly regarded national organizations in our specific field that promote and protect the health and wellbeing of girls and women. You can read NPWH’s statement below.

Please read, please stay current and please stay engaged as activists and advocates for women and girls. We are at the frontlines of women’s health care and we have a professional obligation and responsibility to the populations we serve. 


Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

NPWH Statement on Abortion Bans

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) is alarmed that lawmakers are working to pass new laws banning and restricting abortion access – imposing professional, civil, and criminal penalties on clinicians who provide safe, high-quality abortion care to their patients. We are also troubled and paying close attention to new discussions and political debates regarding contraception and the autonomy of women’s bodies.

As these disturbing events continue to unfold, NPWH re-asserts our mission statement, which values “protecting and promoting a woman’s right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural, and family beliefs.”

Nurse practitioners understand that it is crucial to have the ability to provide women with compassionate, individualized healthcare built on sound science and evidence-based practice. We are committed to offering safe choices and equal access to all women.

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