Released on Aug 8, 2022

Joint Position Statement Pertaining to Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN)  uphold that all persons, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, should have equal rights to make healthcare decisions without government or judicial interference.

Physicians and other health care providers should never be under threat of criminalization for the practice of providing or recommending evidence-based medical care.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization returns decisions about certain women’s reproductive rights to the states. This may deprive women in some areas of the country to equal access to healthcare and could threaten the sanctity of medical decisions made in private consultation with a physician or healthcare provider.

Legislation is being considered or has been enacted, which will impact women’s access to reproductive care, and other basic rights to healthcare for historically underserved and vulnerable groups, including the LGBTQ+ community. These actions perpetuate the marginalization of at-risk populations and underserved minorities and widen, not close, long-standing gaps in health equity.

ASGE and NASPGHAN are committed to preserving patient healthcare choice, privacy, access, and equity. We oppose laws or regulations that compromise or criminalize access to safe delivery of medical care, the physician-patient relationship, collaborative medical decision-making, or healthcare education and training for any individuals including women and marginalized populations.

ASGE and NASPGHAN support laws, programs and regulations that promote equity in healthcare for all patient populations and protects patients' medical privacy and autonomy.


About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with almost 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit Asge.org and ValueOfColonoscopy.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

 

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