“Dual Loyalty” and U.S. Abortion Bans

Clinicians Caught between Patients’ Rights, Ethical Obligations, & Restrictive Laws

Abortion is health care, and abortion rights are human rights that must be guaranteed without discrimination. In the United States, the Supreme Court’s rollback of the right to abortion in 2022 has led to widespread violations of human rights. These restrictive new laws put clinicians in an impossible situation, also known as “dual loyalty”, forcing them to navigate the rights and health care needs of their patients midst the bans on the provision of full reproductive care.


Payal Shah, JD, Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Colleen Denny, MD FACOG, Ethics Committee Member, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Produced by Hannah Dunphy, PHR

Produced and edited by Gabriel Baron

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