American Medical Association sues North Dakota to block anti-abortion law in a rare political move

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The American Medical Association - usually on the sidelines in controversial, political debacles - has waded into the debate over abortion access by suing to block anti-abortion laws in North Dakota.

The group, representing all board-certified physicians in the US, said it now feels compelled to get involved to prevent 'ethical violation[s]'.

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It is doing so by suing the state of North Dakota, where, as of August 1, doctors will be obliged to tell patients that medical abortions can be reversed.

The group is also suing to block another law, ordering doctors to tell any women considering an abortion that they will be terminating 'the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.'

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AMA President Patrice Harris slammed the first law as 'a patently false and unproven claim unsupported by scientific evidence'.

He said the second 'unconstitutionally forces physicians to act as the mouthpiece of the state.'

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'The patient-physician relationship is the cornerstone of health care, and depends upon honest, open conversations about all of a patient's health care options,' Dr Patrice A. Harris, MD, said in a statement.

'North Dakota's law undermines this relationship by requiring physicians to mislead and misinform their patients with messages that contradict reality and science. The AMA will always defend science and open conversations about all health care options available to patients.'

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