AMA Asserts Abortion Bans Are a “Violation of Human Rights”

Jun 23, 2022

The American Medical Association recently announced that it will adopt a new policy that labels protection for unborn children from abortion as a “violation of human rights.” 

The AMA stated in a recent press release: “Responding to the growing threat of over-policing and surveillance of reproductive health services, the nation’s physicians and medical students at the AMA Annual Meeting adopted policy recognizing that it is a violation of human rights when government intrudes into medicine and impedes access to safe, evidence-based reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception. In accordance with the new policy, the AMA will seek expanded legal protections for patients and physicians against government systems of control and punishment that criminalize reproductive health services.” 

The press release continues, “In alignment with the AMA’s longtime opposition to the criminalization of medical practice, the AMA will continue to challenge criminal or civil penalties on patients who receive reproductive health services, as well as physicians, other health professionals, health systems, and patient advocates for aiding, assisting, supporting, or providing reproductive health services or referrals to patients. In an amicus brief filed to U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the AMA along with dozens of leading medical organizations stated that abortion is safe medical care that is a decision to be made between the patient and the physician, subject to the physician's clinical judgment, and the patient's informed consent. An AMA viewpoint published last fall in advance of the Supreme Court oral arguments discusses AMA policy on abortion.”

Ironically, the AMA, one of the largest health care associations in the country, advocates for abortions as a “safe medical care.” Yet the largest quantitative analysis of mental-health risks associated with abortion was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2011 which surveyed data from 22 existing studies on women who had abortions and their mental-health outcomes. The studies included in the review had surveyed a total of 877,181 women, 163,831 of whom had undergone an abortion. All five negative outcomes measured rose steeply after women had an abortion: Anxiety disorders increased by 34 percent, depression increased by 37 percent, alcohol abuse and suicidal behaviors increased by more than 100 percent, and marijuana abuse increased by more than 200 percent. These results remained the same even after controlling for prior psychiatric-health problems. 

In addition, the physical side effects from abortion often include increased risk of death, surgical risks, cancer, ectopic pregnancy and complications of future pregnancies, infertility, sexual dysfunction, etc. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Tragically, the American Medical Association has abandoned medicine and the Hippocratic Oath to ‘first do no harm.’ The AMA is promoting the harming of women and the killing of innocent children. There is no such thing as a safe abortion. The AMA is marking itself as not only an irrelevant but also an untrustworthy organization.” 



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