WASHINGTON — American Medical Association (AMA) President Jack Resneck Jr., M.D. testified before Congress to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Tuesday on Oversight and Investigations as part of its hearing, “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion.”

According to a release from the AMA, Resneck discussed the ramifications of the Dobbs decision on physicians and patients. His comments included a warning that the recent Dobbs v. Jackson decision would allow government intrusion into the medical exam room, and the criminalization of medical care.”  Resneck also stated that because of this Supreme Court decision, ” now, physicians in many states are reporting chaos and confusion. Physicians have been placed in an impossible situation, trying to meet their ethical duties to place patients’ health and well-being first, while attempting to comply with vague, restrictive, complex, and conflicting state laws that interfere in the practice of medicine and jeopardize the health of our patients. Physicians are worried about prosecution of their patients and themselves in the midst of significant legal uncertainty and this is dangerous for our patients.”

“We have only begun to assess the full impact of the Dobbs decision on our physicians and their patients. At this point, we have more questions than answers. The AMA is committed to its longtime opposition to criminalizing medical practice and will continue to challenge criminal or civil penalties on patients who receive reproductive health services, as well as physicians, other health professionals, health systems, and patient advocates for aiding, assisting, supporting, or providing reproductive health services or referrals to patients. We will also continue to protect the patient-physician relationship and access to evidence-based reproductive health care, including abortion.”

Dr. Resneck’s full testimony can be found at the following link (PDF).