CNF and CNS Statement in Response to the Dobbs Decision
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CNF and CNS Statement in Response to the Dobbs Decision

The Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) and the Child Neurology Society (CNS) work on behalf of children and families living with neurologic conditions within the United States, and the child neurologists who care for them. As the leading organizations representing the child neurology community, we stand firm in our commitment that all have access to safe, equitable and quality healthcare, including medical termination of pregnancy – abortion. We are persistent in our belief of the essential and critical relationship between a patient and their health care professional, and boldly guard against any intrusion.

Medical decisions are intricate and complex, particularly when neurological conditions are involved. Our community faces care decisions related to pregnancies affected by congenital, genetic, life-threatening anomalies, or in persons with intellectual and developmental impairment who live with a higher risk for sexual assault.  Moreover, our health care professionals commonly manage medicines known to be correlated with a higher risk of birth defects. We affirm that all medical decisions should occur between the health care professional, patient, and their caregiver. Therefore, we are deeply concerned with a growing number of states reacting to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision with legislation that impedes health care professionals from optimally and equitably serving their patients and caregivers.

Guided by compassion and medical expertise, we remain steadfast in our support of the child neurology community – keeping our patients and their families at the center of our work.

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