Statement Attributable to:
Patrice A. Harris M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association 

“The AMA filed this lawsuit in North Dakota because we strongly believe the government should not dictate what physicians say to their patients. Open, honest conversations between patients and physicians are the cornerstone of medicine, so we are pleased that the federal district court of North Dakota has blocked enforcement of the newest compelled speech law while this case advances in the courts. With this ruling, physicians in North Dakota will not be forced by law to provide patients with false, misleading, non-medical information about reproductive health that contradicts reality and science.

“We look forward to seeing the case through and continuing to defend the right for patients to speak freely with their physicians about all their health care options.”

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