WAFP Stands with AAFP, Supports Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Care

In Washington, DC, earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case has the potential to roll back access to abortion care, and major news outlets (including the Associated Press and the Washington Post) report the court has signaled it will do exactly that.

AAFP has released a statement opposing the regulation of the practice of evidence-based medicine. WAFP stands with AAFP on this issue. The statement in full:

“As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments for the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians stands firmly against any policies that unnecessarily regulate the evidence-based practice of medicine, threaten the patient-physician relationship, and inhibit the delivery of safe, timely, and comprehensive care, including reproductive health services and information.

“Patients must be able to depend on their physicians to help them make critical decisions about their personal health, including reproductive health. Laws and mandates that restrict or create undue burdens in accessing these services endanger patients and put those of us who provide medical care—or even offer evidence-based information—at great risk.

“The AAFP will continue to advocate for everyone’s right to health care and to protect family physicians, echoing our longstanding policies opposing any governmental interference in the confidential relationship between patient and physician, including those related to criminalizing medical care, reproductive decision-making, and reproductive services. To that end, the AAFP strongly urges the courts to strike down this law and similar legislation to protect physicians and their patients.”