Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: For readers to understand how
the AMA suddenly adopted a policy supporting the legislation against "partial-birth
abortion" last year, they should know that the AMA hired the consulting firm
Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Not surprisingly, the firm's report found that AMA leaders, bypassing
proper decision-making processes, traded possible congressional support of
more favorable Medicare payments for physicians in return for support of the
abortion legislation then pending in Congress. The report1
indicates that AMA lobbyists were no match for the congressional traders.
Richmond JB. The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion. JAMA. 1999;282(1):23-27. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-1-jbk0707