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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Rollback of Roe V Wade Threatens Women’s Health

American Thoracic Society issues statement on historic Supreme Court decision.


New York, NY – June 28, 2022 – Speaking on behalf of the American Thoracic Society, ATS President Gregory Downey, MD, ATSF, issued a statement in response to the historic Supreme Court decision to roll back Roe v Wade:

“After five decades, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively putting the lives of countless women at risk.  The decision raises deep concerns about the ability of women to access the health care they need and the autonomy to make the most important and personal decisions free of government interference. The Court’s decision erodes progress in establishing health care equity for everyone and guarantees that the most vulnerable – the poor and people of color – will remain just so.  Legislating women’s bodies flies in the face of a society that claims to value growth, progress, and liberty.

“Just as troubling as the court’s decision is the subsequent plethora of state bills proposing to impose significant restrictions, if not outright bans, on abortion. These bills will have significant, damaging effects on the patient-doctor relationship.  As a professional society, we cannot turn a blind eye to actions that threaten the freedom and health of our members.

“In light of the Court’s decision the American Thoracic Society calls on Congress to immediately enact legislation protecting a women’s right to choose. Furthermore, we encourage our colleagues to call on legislators in their home states to pass bills to strengthen access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services.” 


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About the American Thoracic Society

Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical society dedicated to accelerating the advancement of global respiratory health through multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and advocacy. Core activities of the Society’s more than 16,000 members are focused on leading scientific discoveries, advancing professional development, impacting global health, and transforming patient care. Key areas of member focus include developing clinical practice guidelines, hosting the annual International Conference, publishing four peer-reviewed journals, advocating for improved respiratory health globally, and developing an array of patient education and career development resources.  Please visit our website to learn more.