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Abortion: AMA sues over North Dakota law, saying it forces physicians to lie

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4576
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The American Medical Association, normally known for steering clear of politics, has waded into the abortion debate with a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s abortion law, arguing that it “unconstitutionally forces physicians to act as the mouthpiece of the state.”

The suit targets one new law and one older one. The new law requires doctors to tell pregnant patients that medication abortions, using a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol, can be reversed. That is “a patently false and unproven claim unsupported by scientific evidence,” the AMA alleges in its legal complaint.1

The existing North Dakota law requires …

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