AMA votes to support banning and eliminating nuclear weapons
June 10, 2015
On June 7, PSR member Peter Orris, MD testified in support of the PSR resolution at the American Medical Association Reference Committee in Chicago. On June 9, at the full annual meeting, the AMA adopted the resolution urging "the U.S. and all national governments to continue to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons."
This effort began when PSR members introduced and advocated for state-level resolutions in Massachusetts, Maine and Maryland. The Maryland and Massachusetts resolutions were adopted and sent up through the system to the AMA annual meeting. PSR members in additional states contacted AMA national delegates and urged them to support the resolution at the Chicago annual meeting. Thanks to all PSR members and AMA delegates who have worked to focus attention on this critical public health issue.
This AMA resolution will help support proposed improvements -- currently under consideration -- to the World Medical Association statement on nuclear weapons.
PSR looks forward to working with both the American Medical Association and World Medical Association to increase public awareness and education on the consequences of nuclear war, and to urge national governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all.
Here is the text of the AMA resolution, which amends existing AMA policy:
AMA Resolution adopted, June 9, 2015 at Chicago Annual Meeting
Medical Consequences of Nuclear War
Resolved, that our American Medical Association urge the U.S. and all national governments to continue to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons (Directive to Take Action); and be it further
Resolved, that our AMA collaborate with relevant stakeholders to increase public awareness and education on the topic of the medical and environmental consequences of nuclear war (Directive to Take Action); and be it further
Resolved, that policies H-520.988, H-520.994, H-520.995, H-520.996, H-520.999 be reaffirmed. (Reaffirm HOD Policy)