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Leading Medical Groups Oppose 6-Week Abortion Bans

Leading medical groups oppose 6-week abortion bans

Leading medical groups including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose laws that limit access — because they pose a risk to women’s health by reducing timely access to safe and legal abortion.

The American Medical Association “opposes interference in the clinical examination room and calls on policymakers to leave determination of what constitutes medically necessary treatment where it belongs — in the hands of physicians and patients.”

The World Health Organization has concluded that restricting access to abortions does not reduce the number of abortions.* According to a comprehensive study by the World Health Organization between 2010-2014, in countries where abortion was completely banned or permitted only to save the woman’s life or preserve her physical health, only 1 in 4 abortions were safe.* The majority of unsafe abortions, or 97%, occurred in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

In addition, Physicians for Reproductive Health stand against this type of ban stating, “These bans police the relationship between patients and providers, and prevent medical professionals from providing their patients with individualized care. They serve no medical purpose, and federal courts have deemed many of them unconstitutional.”

6-Week Bans Criminalize Doctors

Government shouldn’t have the right to take options away from doctors in dangerous medical situations or prevent them from informing patients about all their health care options — and government certainly shouldn’t be allowed to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term with no chance of survival. 

By imposing criminal penalties against doctors, this bill threatens doctors for exercising their best medical judgment and providing the best care they can. 
Because these laws prevent doctors from giving their patients the best health care possible, leading medical organizations (like Physicians for Reproductive Health and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) condemn them. 6-week abortion bans could criminalize doctors with imprisonment, fines, or both for providing constitutionally protected care.

* World Health Organization, News Release, Worldwide, An Estimated 25 Million Unsafe Abortions Occur Each Year (Sept. 28, 2017), http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-09-2017-worldwide-an-estimated-25-million-unsafe-abortions-occur-each-year.