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Doctors must get political to get the politics out of medicine

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Half of abortions in the U.S. are done using medication–and demand has been dramatically increasing since the Supreme Court’s ruling. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made permanent an allowance for abortion care over telemedicine that began during the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up for the Fortune Features email list so you don’t miss our biggest features, exclusive interviews, and investigations.

As an osteopathic family physician, I have spent my career guided by the core value that our calling in medicine is to serve the underserved, doing whatever is needed in the community. We treat blood pressure and depression, deliver babies, and many of us perform abortions, often working with the same patient for all these issues.

I am trained to educate and prescribe but, most importantly, to listen and to align a patient’s care plan with their values. The Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade severely compromises this central tenet of the practice of medicine: By returning the authority to regulate abortion to the people and their elected representatives, the court removes the ability to align patient care to the individual patient’s values, opens a way for medical decisions to be legislated, and politicizes the […]

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