In thinking it can supersede the Supreme Court and wrestle power away from states, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared in a press release Tuesday that abortion bans passed by state governments are a “violation of human rights.”
“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,” the organization said in a statement.
“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 statement continued.
“A growing number of current and pending laws insert government into the patient-physician relationship by dictating limits or bans on reproductive health services and criminally punish or penalize patients for their health decisions,” incoming AMA president Jack Resneck, Jr. added. “The new policy also calls for AMA to seek legal protections for patients who cross state lines to receive reproductive health services, as well as legal protections for physicians and others who support or provide reproductive health services or referrals to patients who cross state lines.”
The AMA vowed it would continue to “challenge” criminal or civil penalties on physicians, health professionals, and patient advocates who assist in providing abortion referrals or services to patients, “[in] alignment with the AMA’s longtime opposition to the criminalization of medical practice,” the organization declared.
“The new policy strengthens the AMA’s long-held position opposing political intrusions into the practice of medicine that infringe on the patient-physician relationship and compromise patient access to safe, evidence-based medical care,” it said in the press release.
Although it was anticipated the Court would announce its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this week, it appears the announcement is again delayed following the leak of Justice Alito’s majority opinion draft in May. Critics argue that Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to keep postponing the announcement is cowardly and only gives radical leftists more time to engage in intimidation tactics and violence, up to and including allegations of attempted murder.
The identity of the leaker remains undisclosed although it is widely believed to be one of several law clerks for one of the more liberal justices on the high court, which would include Roberts, who routinely sides with the monolithic left-wing activist justices.
Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz posited his own theory in May:
“I have a theory, and it’s only a theory,” Dershowitz said on Fox News. “I think this was leaked by a liberal law clerk who was trying to change the outcome of the case, either by putting pressure on some of the justices to change their mind, or by getting Congress to pack the court even before June, which is very unlikely, or to get Congress to pass a national right-to-abortion law, which would apply to all the states, and that would have to come to the Supreme Court to see whether that could be upheld under the Commerce Clause.”
“But I think this is real, and … my theory is that it was leaked by somebody who wants to change the outcome,” the attorney said. “Look, I’ve been watching Supreme Court for 55 years. And this has all the hallmarks of reality and it does not have the hallmark of a decision that’s likely to be changed. Maybe Chief Justice Roberts will go with the minority, but I think they seem to have five votes at this point to overrule Roe vs. Wade.”
The Supreme Court will end its current term of deliberations in July, meaning the ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization should be handed down in a matter of days.
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