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College of American Pathologists Issues Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Ruling

The US Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has far-reaching implications across the health care community for patients, health care providers, and health care plans. This decision raises specific questions for providers around imparting evidence-based health care services and protecting patient privacy.

Addressing the current climate of uncertainty, Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP, president of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling.

“The CAP stands with the physician community as it defends the practice of medicine and protects the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. While it is necessary for laws and regulations to provide proper oversight in our health care system, any statute criminalizing evidence-based medical care provided by physicians represents a harsh and unwarranted intrusion by state governments. The CAP will monitor for any impact these laws may have on our members.

“The CAP further shares concern with how the outcome of the ruling will intensify health care inequity. These additional burdens come at a time when the CAP and other physician groups are working to improve access to comprehensive health care for all Americans, especially those currently and historically underserved.”

As the outcomes and implications from the ruling continue to unfold, the CAP is identifying impacts on the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine and will determine how best to support members.

The College of American Pathologists serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. As physicians and leaders in laboratory medicine, members of the CAP are dedicated to ensuring health equity, addressing disparities in health care, and providing access to evidence-based care for all patients.

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