• Family Physicians Welcome Supreme Court Decision Upholding Right of Trained Physicians to Provide Legal Medical Services to Patients 

    Monday, June 29, 2020

    Statement attributable to:
    Gary L. LeRoy, MD
    American Academy of Family Physicians

    “The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the right of trained physicians to provide legal medical services to patients without unnecessary interference.

    “Our organization supports a woman's access to reproductive and maternity health services and opposes nonevidence-based restrictions on medical care and the provision of such services. We oppose any legislation or regulation that interferes with the patient-physician relationship or unnecessarily regulates the practice of medicine.

    “Physicians must be able to deliver safe, legal and necessary medical care for our patients based on our years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence.

    “Today’s decision ensures that physicians will be able to do so without interference and that patients will have access to legal medical services.”

    Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. LeRoy, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6052, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.


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