Public Policy
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
01/01/2017
(RESOLUTION 13-34) RESOLVED, that the ISMA actively support and encourage appropriate screening of all pregnant women in Indiana for legal and illegal use of prescription medications and other substances that might adversely affect their health, their pregnancies or the health of their fetuses, including alcohol and tobacco, through use of the aforementioned evidence-based, validated screening tools and motivational counseling; and be it further RESOLVED, that the ISMA develop policy to actively support and encourage pregnant substance users by: Encouraging appropriate medical care, rather than criminalization Encouraging management and referral of services appropriate to their needs Identifying and developing adequate addiction treatment services Encouraging better reimbursement for addiction treatment services Encouraging addiction treatment programs to accept pregnant women And be it further, RESOLVED, that the ISMA actively support and encourage an educational program for all Indiana physicians regarding prevention, validated screening, motivational counseling and evidence-based treatment of pregnant women for the legal and illegal use of prescription medications and other substances potentially harmful to them and their fetuses, including alcohol and tobacco. (RESOLUTION 10-68) RESOLVED, that the ISMA Board of Trustees send a letter to the Medical Licensing Board to allow but not require Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for EPT, by modifying Rule 4 to include EPT; and be it further, RESOLVED, that the ISMA policy now include the policy statement in support of legislation in Indiana of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), according to current CDC recommendations (READOPTED 10-62; RESOLUTION 00-42) RESOLVED, that the ISMA support the present Indiana ban or any future ban regarding partial birth abortion, except in situations where the mother's life is endangered. (RESOLUTION 10-09) RESOLVED, that the ISMA public policy include support for education regarding the role of HPV in lower genital tract neoplasia, and the availability of effective vaccination as an essential component of comprehensive sex education. (RESOLUTION 10-08) RESOLVED, that the ISMA endorse the public health goal of substantially reducing the rate of teen pregnancy and unintended pregnancy at any age in Indiana via public education and professional awareness. (RESOLUTION 10-03) RESOLVED, that the ISMA support a ban on the sale of over-the-counter prenatal gender prediction tests, such as Intelligender, and direct-to-consumer prenatal gender-prediction tests, such as Baby Gender Mentor. (RESOLUTION 07-20) RESOLVED, that the ISMA support state legislation that requires all facilities in Indiana rendering emergency care to provide the following services to sexual assault patients: Treatment of trauma Testing and prophylaxis for sexually transmitted disease Collection of forensic evidence Accurate, factual information about emergency contraception for patients capable of pregnancy (1/14/90, BOT) Reaffirmed its abortion policy that "Abortion is a medical procedure and should be performed only by a duly licensed physician in conformance with standards of good medical practice and the laws of the state.  No physician or other professional personnel shall be required to perform an act violative of good medical judgment or personally held moral principles.  In these circumstances, good medical practice requires only that the physician or other professional withdraw from the case so long as the withdrawal is consistent with good medical practice."  (This policy differs from the AMA's policy that was amended in December 1989 to include a third paragraph that reads:  "The American Medical Association supports the position that the early termination of pregnancy is a medical matter between the patient and the physician, subject to the physician's clinical judgment, the patient's informed consent and the availability of appropriate facilities.")
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