Last updated on: 6/2/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The American Medical Women’s Association [AMWA] will oppose efforts to overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, either directly or indirectly, as in the case of legislation which burdens access to the abortion procedure. AMWA considers all such laws and court rulings to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and thus to violate medical autonomy and pose threats to the individual as well as the public health. AMWA therefore opposes all bills that require or proscribe specific medical advice to pregnant women, ban specific abortion procedures, mandate waiting periods, require parental consent for minors’ abortions, and criminalize assisting a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. These and other restrictions limit access to abortion and interfere with the decision-making process, appropriately left to the woman and her physician. We will oppose measures that limit access to medical care for pregnant women, particularly for poor or under-served groups.”

“Position Paper on Principals of Abortion & Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services,” www.amwa-doc.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, new problems and issues arise that were not anticipated. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 95 years.”

“About Us,” www.amwa-doc.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Mission:

“The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances.”

“About Us,” www.amwa-doc.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Abortion Be Legal?