The following is a public statement from Kevin McFatridge, Chief Operating Officer of the Michigan State Medical Society, in response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Like people across Michigan and our nation, individual physicians have strong, deeply-held beliefs on the issue of abortion. As an organization representing Michigan physicians, we respect those beliefs.
In overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has returned the issue of the regulation of abortion to each individual state. This takes what has been a mostly theoretical debate and sets up very real and practical public policy decisions around how, if at all, abortion should be regulated in Michigan.
As our leaders throughout our state and local governments consider this new reality and public policy decisions are made, the Michigan State Medical Society stands on four core beliefs.
First, the physician-patient relationship is deeply personal and must be respected and protected at all costs. Second, physicians and their patients should be free to consider, discuss, and pursue medical procedures guided by a physician’s best medical judgment and a patient’s physical health and safety. Third, as a Society, we have always been and continue to be opposed to the potential criminalization of physicians and their patients in making health care decisions. And fourth, Michigan physicians will follow state law, as required by our responsibilities both as physicians and as citizens.