From the Desk of the AAGL President – AAGL Statement on the U.S. Presidential Executive Order on Entry into the United States
February 6, 2017
The AAGL is an international collaborative society dedicated to improving the gynecologic care of women through advancing minimally invasive surgery and lifelong learning. As a society, we stand against discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Therefore, we are deeply concerned over the Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” that was signed on January 27, 2017.
This order bars entry into the United States for citizens of seven countries based solely on nationality. This action represents discrimination against citizens of the countries covered under this executive action without cause or reason and may unfairly interfere with members of our society, their families, or patients from these countries seeking care here.
According to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, there are approximately “10,000 licensed physicians in the United States that are originally from these countries and another 1,800 physicians who are currently in training.” The AAGL provides a variety of educational activities to ensure that we meet our goal of improving patient care through education. If this Executive Order is enforced, members or our society and other physicians from affected countries will be barred from participation in educational events that are held in the United States and will prevent international travel for physicians who are training in the US but are not permanent citizens.
We steadfastly stand with our international colleagues in our joint purpose to improve the care of our patients, independent of our country of origin. We implore the leaders of our country not to impose these unjust barriers to our mission of international medical education and cooperation.
Jon I. Einarsson, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
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