June 25, 2022
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), a coalition of 48 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physician members, released a statement yesterday in response to the Supreme Courts decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care that denounces any interference into the practice of medicine that undermines the integrity of the patient-physician relationship. As a member of CMSS, we at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) strongly support this statement. The statement is as follows:
“The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), a coalition of 48 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physician members, strongly denounces any interference into the practice of medicine that undermines the integrity of the patient-physician relationship. Casting aside 49 years of precedent and eliminating the constitutional right of millions of Americans to make their own reproductive health decisions, the US Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has inserted the government between patients and their physicians.
As stated in a previous CMSS policy statement in February 2022 that we at AACE also supported, “the vital relationship between a patient and a physician is essential to the provision of safe, appropriate, professional, and high-quality medical care, and this bond should be protected from unnecessary governmental intrusion.”
Our mission at AACE is to elevate the practice of clinical endocrinology to improve global health, and any governmental efforts to interfere with the practice of medicine and patient-physician relationship can impose challenges to our health care system and our ability to advance our mission.
We stand with our partner specialty societies at CMSS in opposing these recent developments.