ACNM Condemns SCOTUS Decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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American College of Nurse-Midwives

ACNM affirms that abortion care is healthcare and everyone has the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families.

The [decision] to reverse Roe v. Wade seeks to denigrate the right for people to make reproductive health choices that meet their needs and the subsequent care that midwives provide for them everyday.”

— ACNM President, Heather Clarke, DNP, LM, CNM, APRN, FACNM

SILVER SPRING, MD, UNITED STATES, June 27, 2022 / — The United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (Case No. 19–1392.), has overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that has protected a person’s liberty to choose to have an abortion for nearly 50 years. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), in no uncertain terms, condemns this decision and what it means for the health and safety of Americans.

ACNM’s position remains steadfast; abortion care is healthcare. Access to abortion is a key component of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. The ability to choose if, when, and how to give birth is linked to a person’s economic success, educational attainment, and general health and well-being. Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives provide safe and effective abortion services, including options counseling, ultrasound, comprehensive abortion care, and post-abortion care. The ACNM Position Statement on Midwives as Abortion Providers further affirms, for midwives and all in the health care space, the fact that individuals have the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse protections under Roe v. Wade seeks to denigrate the right for people to make reproductive health choices that meet their needs and the subsequent care that midwives provide for them everyday,” stated ACNM President, Heather Clarke, DNP, LM, CNM, APRN, FACNM. “People of reproductive age continue to struggle with a broken maternal healthcare system that has disproportionally impacted Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian people, and this threat to abortion care will further exacerbate maternal mortality and morbidity.”

“ACNM is committed to individual patient autonomy across the spectrum of reproductive health, including abortion,” stated ACNM Chief Executive Officer, Katrina H. Holland. “This commitment includes advocating to keep abortion access unconditionally safe and legal for all people midwives serve, but especially for vulnerable populations with limited resources and unequal access to quality healthcare.”

ACNM maintains the right to access to abortion care as an essential right of those capable of pregnancy. ACNM affirms that everyone has the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families. As such, we adamantly oppose all legal opinions and legislative policy that blatantly or surreptitiously seek to restrict or ban the provision of abortion care, as well as any efforts at any level to render it less accessible. ACNM will continue to support efforts to increase access to midwives as abortion providers and engage with stakeholders to make abortion care accessible to the people and communities midwives serve.

ACNM’s will continue supporting policy efforts that ensure access to the full-range of sexual and reproductive health services for all. Please visit ACNM’s Abortion Is Healthcare Resources page, with ACNM’s position, clinical guidance & research, training & education, and legal guidance.

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The innovative pricing model allows resident seniors to select from a flexible menu of à la carte dining and lifestyle experiences each month, only paying for the options and services they choose to utilize.

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – August 16, 2022 – (

Discovery Senior Living (“Discovery”) has received a 2022 Argentum Best of the Best Award for its FlexChoiceSM program, the company announced. Held annually by seniors housing industry association Argentum, the Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are working to improve the future of senior living. 

Discovery’s FlexChoiceSM program debuted in October 2021 and was launched at select communities. The program’s provisions enable resident seniors to eliminate “bundled” or pre-packaged meal and service plans, instead choosing from dozens of available dining and lifestyle service options and paying only for those they opt to enjoy each month. 

Lifestyle customization programs like FlexChoiceSM are a focal point of Discovery’s resident-focused operating model—called Experiential LivingSM—which aims to empower more customized lifestyle experiences that will better satisfy the next generation of active seniors. 

Lifestyle personalization is the foundation upon which the future of our industry is now being built,” said Gottfried Ernst, Vice President of Operations for Discovery Senior Living. “But beyond just optimizing the resident experience, FlexChoiceSM and the latest technologies can help reveal resident preference and usage patterns, promote more operational efficiency, refine purchasing and reduce the number of wasted goods and services. That makes this a true, two-way innovation with the power to change senior living for the better.”  

James Balda, Argentum President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Congratulations to our 2022 Best of the Best Award Winners. Argentum members work daily to provide the level-best care and services for residents and these six communities are doing that and more with these ground-breaking new ideas on taking their caregiving efforts to the next level.” 

FlexChoiceSM is currently being rolled out at additional Discovery communities throughout 2022. Discovery Senior Living currently owns and operates a portfolio of 111 communities in 19 states.

About Discovery Senior Living

Discovery Senior Living is a family of companies that includes Discovery Management Group, Morada Senior Living, TerraBella Senior Living, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Design Concepts, Discovery Marketing Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. With almost three decades of experience, the award-winning management group has been developing, building, marketing, and operating upscale senior-living communities across the United States. By leveraging its innovative “Experiential Living” philosophy across a growing portfolio of more than 15,000 existing homes or homes under development, Discovery Senior Living is a recognized industry leader for lifestyle customization and, today, ranks among the 10 largest U.S. senior living operators and providers.

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