Statement Attributable to:
Susan R. Bailey, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

“Today’s decision is a victory for patients and a strike against government interference in the patient-physician relationship. There is no evidence that Louisiana’s admitting privileges requirement improves patients’ safety, and we are pleased by the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that such regulations are constitutionally invalid.

“The AMA joined other leading national health organizations in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, urging it to strike down a Louisiana law that interferes with clinical judgment and obstructs women’s access to abortion services in the state. We will always fight government intrusion that compromises access to safe clinical care.

“As physicians and leaders in medicine, we are pleased that the Supreme Court has recognized the importance of leaving determination of what constitutes medically-necessary treatment where it belongs—in the hands of physicians in consultation with their patients.”

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