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Internal Medicine Physicians Say Idaho Abortion Legislation Will Harm Patient-Physician Relationship

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 15, 2022 –The American College of Physicians (ACP) firmly believes that the Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act passed in Idaho yesterday violates patient autonomy and will egregiously impact the patient-physician relationship. The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, will harm the ability of Idahoans to access needed reproductive health care services and deny patients the right to make decisions about their own health. Moreover, the legislation interferes with the patient-physician relationship by allowing family members of a patient who receives an abortion to take legal action against physicians who fulfill their obligations to their patients by counseling them on the full range of health care services available to them or providing necessary care to them. Instead of enacting laws that interfere with health care, we should be seeking ways to improve patient access to evidence-based care. ACP is committed to ensuring that our patients are able to access necessary services and that governmental interference does not prevent access to necessary care.

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