Laws in many states now require physicians to provide false information to patients who seek abortions. The intent of these laws is to dissuade women from having abortions.
As physicians, we are committed to accurate and truthful communication and to placing the welfare and concerns of patients first. A woman ought to be able to trust that her physician is informed about scientific evidence and will utilize this knowledge to provide optimal treatment. Moreover, she should be able to count on her physician to be empathic and respectful of her wishes and values, even when these differ from those of the physician.