Policy Statement on Access to Reproductive Health Services

Reproductive healthcare for youth includes autonomy in reproductive health decision-making and is essential to child and adolescent physical, mental, and developmental health.  Evidence-based reproductive health services like prenatal care, childbirth, postnatal care, contraception and abortion are important medical interventions. 

To ensure the healthy physical, mental, and developmental health of children and adolescents, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommends:

  • Ensuring children and adolescents have access to evidence-based reproductive health services, including abortion.


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are the leading physician authority on children’s mental health.

Approved by Council October 22, 2022