SILVER SPRING, Md. (May 6, 2022) — On May 3 a draft Supreme Court decision with significant implications for reproductive health was leaked to the press. As a draft, the opinion is not legally binding and could go through more alterations before the Supreme Court finalizes its decision this summer. As always, individuals with pulmonary hypertension (PH) should consult with their PH and reproductive health specialists for conversations about the care that is right for them.
PHA Policy Statement on Family Planning
Pregnancy is considered high risk for people with pulmonary hypertension because their heart and lungs can’t easily adjust to the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. Not only can pregnancy worsen PH symptoms, the risk of pregnancy-related heart failure is 30% to 50%, and the estimated mortality rate is 30% to 56%. In addition, high-risk pregnancies are more likely to result in other medical complications that endanger the life of the pregnant person, the fetus, or both and can lead to life-long comorbidities.
PHA advocates for medical care driven by clinical judgment and the patient-clinician relationship. PHA recommends people with PH who might become pregnant to talk with their PH and reproductive health specialists about the options that are right for them.
About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the oldest and largest nonprofit patient association dedicated to the pulmonary hypertension (PH) community. Pulmonary hypertension is a rare, chronic and life-threatening disease of the lungs for which no cure currently exists.
PHA’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH. To achieve this mission, PHA engages people with PH and their families, caregivers, health care providers, and researchers worldwide who work together to advocate for the PH community, provide support to patients, caregivers and families, offer up- to-date education and information on PH, improve quality patient care, and fund and promote research. For more information, visit phassociation.org and phassociation.org/WorldPHDay and connect with PHA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.