SSO Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is committed to quality and equity in healthcare. We share the disappointment of many over the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. The Court’s decision allows for governmental interference in the clinical practice of medicine, the patient-physician relationship, and will increase disparities in access to quality health care. This decision paves the way for laws that may criminalize decisions related to reproductive health and will have an immediate as well as a long-term impact on women’s rights to make personal decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
- Access to safe and equitable healthcare for patients.
- The right to privacy and autonomy for patients.
- The sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, without interference from the government.
- The right of healthcare providers to provide care without fear of being criminally punished.
Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FSSO
Kelly K. Hunt, MD, FSSO
Ronald P. DeMatteo, MD, FSSO
Russell S. Berman, MD, FSSO
Kenneth K. Tanabe, MD, FSSO
Douglas S. Tyler, MD, MSHCT, FSSO
Immediate Past President