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AMA presses policies on abortion, guns, climate at annual meeting


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via Getty Images The American Medical Association approved more than 20 policy statements at its annual meeting this month tackling such issues as women’s reproductive rights, climate change, gun violence and cannabis-related convictions.

The physician group called for its most sweeping resolutions to oppose states attempting to criminalize abortion and other women’s reproductive services in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft decision posed to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Here’s an overview of notable policies and announcements from the meeting:

> Multiple resolutions for abortion, contraceptives, women’s healthcare

The AMA called for several resolutions as the Supreme Court nears a decision on the right to an abortion, expected to be released before the court’s end of term later this month. The association will seek legal protections for patients and physicians against governments punishing, controlling and criminalizing reproductive services, calling the practice an intrusion into evidence-based medicine and a “ violation of human rights .” The policy comes as states enact laws that go increasingly further to criminalize abortion. In May, Oklahoma signed into law the nation’s most strict abortion ban which prohibits abortions after fertilization and follows a previous law from neighboring Texas allowing private citizens to […]

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