The American Medical Association: Abortion should be banned in every state
In a major move, the American Medical Society on Wednesday issued a strongly worded statement against abortion restrictions in all 50 states, declaring that “the right to abortion is a fundamental human right, and the right to life must not be restricted.”
The statement comes just days after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement on the same issue, declaring, “abortion is a woman’s right and a woman is a human being.”
While the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Abortion Federation, the pro-life advocacy group Americans United for Life and others have been calling for a nationwide ban on abortion since the mid-1970s, the AMA’s statement marks the most significant change in its position in decades.
The AMA’s stance on abortion follows a statement issued last month by the group’s president, Dr. Nancy O’Connor.
“There is no evidence that abortion is any safer than childbirth,” O’Neill wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times.
“For one thing, the rates of abortion in the United States have risen dramatically in recent years, as has the incidence of maternal mortality.
In addition, in recent decades, the number of unsafe abortion procedures has increased dramatically.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which issued a report in 2015 on fetal heart surgeries, also concluded that abortion was associated with the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight and low birth survival.”
“Women have always been at risk of abortion,” O`Connor said.
“In fact, in every age group and race, the incidence has risen over the past century.
But this has not always been the case, and in some places it has been increasing.”
The AMA statement comes days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning abortions in the U.S. The president’s order follows a federal judge’s ruling in February that struck down parts of the president’s controversial executive order.
The Trump administration has appealed the ruling, saying the judge’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act and other federal laws was too broad and overbroad.
The decision came just a week after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the ban violates Roe v.
The U.K. has also banned abortion in all but two of its abortion clinics.
The British government has banned all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the country.
The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a leading pro-choice group, also released a statement supporting the AMA statement, calling it “a major step forward in the fight for abortion rights.” “
That is why, in a world where abortion is so widely available, the AASJ will continue to stand with women who have made the right choice to end a pregnancy, and with their doctors and others who have a moral and legal obligation to protect their patients.”
The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a leading pro-choice group, also released a statement supporting the AMA statement, calling it “a major step forward in the fight for abortion rights.”
“The AMA statement is a strong statement from the medical profession that abortion should not be banned and it will be an important step in protecting the health and life of women in this country,” the organization said in a statement.
“Women are dying because of these barbaric practices and we cannot allow that to continue.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.