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AAMC Reaffirms Statement on the Patient-Physician Relationship and Reproductive Health Care

May 6, 2022

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MEDIA CONTACTS
John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement to reaffirm the AAMC’s commitment to the physician-patient relationship and access to safe and effective reproductive health care regarding the pending case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, before the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Given the Supreme Court’s authentication of a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the AAMC reaffirms its commitment to the critical relationship between patient and physician as the basis of safe, effective, and evidence-based health care. As we indicated in our September 2021 statement, policies that interfere in that relationship by limiting access to legal abortion care put the patient at risk and will exacerbate existing health inequities.

As we await the Supreme Court ruling in this pending case over the coming weeks, we reiterate that the country must protect a patient’s access to quality health care and the ability for clinicians to provide such care.”

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members comprise all 155 accredited U.S. and 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 191,000 full-time faculty members, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. In 2022, the Association of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers International merged into the AAMC, broadening the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanding its reach to international academic health centers. Learn more at aamc.org.