I had the opportunity to work closely with leadership of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women as we attempted to find alternatives to provide reproductive services in our community while merging with St. Mary’s Hospital.

PCSW worked collaboratively and tirelessly with our organization to explore and analyze options that would protect the rights of women – and men – in a venue that was nondiscriminatory, safe and met our community needs.

As we worked through options, I was comforted, as both a healthcare professional and as a woman, to know that there was a state-designated department which is focused on protecting all of our reproductive rights on an ongoing basis.