The Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognizes that the abortion debate involves complex moral issues of profound importance to its members and society, and acknowledges that thoughtful members hold a variety of positions with respect to abortion ethics. It finds itself unable to articulate consensus opinions on most issues of abortion ethics that fairly represent the range of views held by its members. In recognition of this limitation, the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expresses respect for the need and responsibility of members to individually participate in the abortion debate based on personal beliefs and analysis of the issues.
TAOG acknowledges the importance of preventing teenage/adolescent pregnancy with its associated emotional, physical, and financial toll. Further, TAOG recognizes and promotes abstinence as the healthiest choice for unmarried adolescents. TAOG also recognizes the importance of factual contraceptive information and education for those individuals who decide to be sexually active. Thus, TAOG promotes abstinence and contraceptive education as the primary mechanism to prevent teenage/adolescent pregnancy.