Abortion is essential health care. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision on June 24, 2022, revoked the right to that essential health care from patients across the country. These member reflections one year later provide just a small window into the unimaginable trauma, grief, chaos, confusion, and heartbreak resulting from interference in the clinician–patient relationship.

Bearing Witness to a Moment in History

Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, FACOG, observes how Dobbs v. Jackson has increased obstetrician–gynecologists’ media visibility, limited patients’ access to needed health care, and threatened the sustainability of the physician workforce.

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