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In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Hausknecht

ARHP mourns the loss of Dr. Richard Hausknecht, a prominent OB/GYN, good friend, and key leader in the field of reproductive health.

Longtime reproductive health leader, Richard Hausknecht MD, passed away on October 26 after a short battle with lung cancer.  Dr. Hausknecht was a prominent, vocal, and passionate women’s health and reproductive rights advocate whose brilliance and dedication touched countless women and their families. 

He was a well known Obstetrician/Gynecologist, a valued member of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center faculty, and a clinical investigator of new reproductive options for women.  His career spanned over 50 years and included a multitude of accomplishments including: opening the first abortion clinic in New York City in July 1970; serving as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City; being a founding member of Physicians for Reproductive Choice (PRCH) and then serving on their Board of Directors until 2004; and playing an instrumental role in bringing and maintaining medical abortion as an option for women in the United States. Since the 1960s, Dr. Hausknecht has been a strong leader in the pro-choice movement, and the impact of his work will continue on through all of us. 

Dr. Hausknecht’s voice, wisdom, and presence in our community will be dearly missed.  In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that a donation in his name be made to Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health at

To read the New York Times death notice, click here. ARHP will post obituaries as they become available.