— Expanded physician advocacy should be a priority in 2023
by Morgan S. Levy, Shira Fishbach, Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, and Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD
December 30, 2022
The Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs decision 6 months ago, thereby revoking the constitutional right to abortion. This decision affects physicians in virtually every specialty, and also directly affects many physicians and their families in their personal lives. Thus, it is critical for physicians in all fields to advocate for abortion rights. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, we have stood alongside many vocal physicians condemning government interference in the physician-patient relationship and specifically affirming the importance of access to abortion. Going into the New Year, healthcare professionals need to maintain and expand this momentum.
The Response to the Dobbs Decision
Unfortunately, not everyone in medicine has spoken up. Medical societies are powerful collectives of voices that amplify and advocate for key issues impacting the health of their patients and profession. Medical societies often leverage their power to advocate for policies to improve the health and welfare of patients, for example, related to firearms and vaccines.