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I’m the state’s chief medical officer. Ruling in Roe threatens public health.

Dobbs v.  Jackson Women's Health Organization is among the remaining cases on the Supreme Court docket before the term ends at the end of June.  A draft Supreme Court opinion published by Politico in early May suggests the court is considering a decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v.  Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.
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Dobbs v.  Jackson Women's Health Organization is among the remaining cases on the Supreme Court docket before the term ends at the end of June.  A draft Supreme Court opinion published by Politico in early May suggests the court is considering a decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v.  Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

As a mother, I know that pregnancy can bring tremendous joy. As a doctor, I also know that pregnancy is a major life event, and one that is not necessarily without complications. For many, it is easy. For others, it is not. Pregnancy can bring grievance, life-threatening complications, or long-term health issues. Every patient has unique life circumstances.

Just as people make decisions with their providers about any course of action for their health, decisions about the course of a pregnancy — including whether to become or stay pregnant — should be made by a woman with the counsel of her family, her faith and her doctor. Reproductive health care should not be dictated by the politics of the day.

Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn nearly half a century of previous protecting safe, legal abortion violates the trusted relationship between a patient and their doctor. Physicians around the world wear an oath to “do no harm,” to protect the interests of their patients while preserving their privacy; yet this law will criminalize our efforts to honor a patient’s decision-making, their autonomy and their right to make medical decisions that take into account their unique life circumstances.

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