Reproductive health providers and advocates celebrate the life and accomplishments of ARHP medical director emeritus, Louise Tyrer, MD

For Immediate Release
May 25,  2010

Beth Robbins, director of communications
(202) 621-1412

WASHINGTON, DC— The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), representing more than 12,000 reproductive health care providers, researchers, and educators, is mourning the loss of Louise Tyrer, MD, who passed away on May 20 at the age of 89.

Dr. Tyrer was a legend in the international community of family planners and reproductive rights advocates. She broke barriers as a pioneering woman in medicine and make major contributions as a reproductive rights leader.

In 1971, Dr. Tyrer was the first female physician hired by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), where she served as director of family planning. She was the vice president of medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) for 15 years where she developed national medical standards and guidelines for contraception use and established two medical review committees to improve patient care.

Dr. Tyrer was a founding member of ARHP in 1963 and served as the organization’s medical director from 1991 until 2002. According to Wayne Shields, ARHP’s president and CEO, “She was an amazing obstetrician/gynecologist provider prior to Roe v. Wade, when abortion was illegal. She was one of the ‘first voices’ for the pro-choice movement.”

A special tribute to the incredible life and contributions of Dr. Tyrer is being planned for Reproductive Health 2010, the annual meeting hosted jointly by ARHP, PPFA, and the Society of Family Planning. Reproductive Health 2010 will take place September 22-25 in Atlanta.

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