Statement attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) is deeply disturbed by Texas SB8 and disappointed by today’s inaction from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing this egregious law to go into effect. This significant overreach not only bans virtually all abortions in the state, but it interferes in the patient-physician relationship and places bounties on physicians and health care workers simply for delivering care. Opening the door to third-party litigation against physicians severely compromises patient access to safe clinical care.

“This new law is a direct attack on the practice of medicine and patient reproductive health outcomes. As physicians and leaders in medicine, we urge our nation’s highest court to take action immediately and stop the implementation of Texas SB8. Failure to do so places physicians’ clinical judgement and patient access to safe care in dire peril.”

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