Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) is an international network of physician-advocates who advocate for reproductive rights and access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion and contraception. We foster the transnational transfer of best practices in reproductive health advocacy by supporting and connecting physicians from all over the world and from all medical disciplines. Together, we advocate for access to comprehensive reproductive health and rights and defend women’s autonomy to control their reproductive lives.
Our members are based all over the world. You can see this global network by scrolling over the map.
GDC provides a platform that promotes and facilitates exchange, support and collaboration between physicians from diverse medical disciplines and from around the world. This enables them to be effective advocates for comprehensive reproductive health and rights, with respect for autonomy, and thus to improve access to reproductive health care.
GDC believes that physicians’ commitment to the scientific process and to the best interests of their patients compels them to advocate on behalf of universal access to comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive health care.
Launched in 2007, GDC believes physicians are uniquely positioned to advocate for their patients. They contribute scientific authority, a commitment to their patients’ best interests, familiarity with health systems, and firsthand experience with the devastating consequences of lack of access to reproductive health care and unsafe abortion.
GDC enables doctors’ voices and advocacy efforts to have a broader, collective, and more powerful impact on reproductive health and people’s lives by cultivating a global network of physician-advocates, training physicians as advocates, serving as a resource to transfer best practices in advocacy across borders, and creating opportunities for doctors to engage in policy change initiatives and to learn from one another, and being active in additional local, regional, and global initiatives.
Doctors as Advocates
Many physicians dedicate themselves to advocating for their patients and improving women’s lives by safeguarding their health and reproductive rights. Yet most work in settings where it is challenging, emotionally overwhelming, and often dangerous to do so, and thus they can feel isolated in this work.
GDC facilitates opportunities for individual doctors across the globe to connect with each another and join a powerful social movement that is working toward systemic change in reproductive health care worldwide.
GDC fulfills a unique niche by enabling doctors to contribute their medical and scientific perspective to national and international advocacy efforts aimed at improving access to reproductive health care.
Since its inception, GDC has given voice and sustenance to a global community of like-minded physician-advocates. We’ve recruited and mobilized a multidisciplinary group of physicians to function as advocates for reproductive health and rights throughout the world. Our network includes abortion providers, public health physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists, psychiatrists, internists, pediatricians, medical students and residents, and others.
Globally, GDC works directly with physician teams in Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, and South Africa, and cultivates the collective voice and work of an international network of physician-advocates via online support systems, including resources, training, and methods to connect with other physician-advocates. Our Coordinating Team is based in Malaysia and the United States. The Board of Managers consists of reproductive health and other experts located across the globe.
We encourage you to print our brochure [ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL] and distribute it at relevant reproductive health meetings and events. If you want to help expand our network, please refer interested parties to our website and/or to contact us.
*GDC is an independent Limited Liability Company (LCC) and Physicians for Reproductive Health, a 501c3 nonprofit, serves as our fiscal sponsor.