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CEO DATELINE – Medical association adopts policies on transgender violence, vaccinations

June 11, 2019
By Walt Williams

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The American Medical Association announced Monday its members had adopted a trio of new policies addressing current social issues, including a pledge to work to end violence against transgender people.

AMA’s House of Delegates voted in favor of the policies during the first day of the group’s annual meeting in Chicago. One policy calls on the association to work with other medical organizations to educate policymakers about hate crimes against transgender people. It also calls on the group to advocate for the collection of hate crime data that include the victim’s birth sex and gender identity.

“According to available tracking, fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. is on the rise and most victims were black transgender women,” AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala said in a statement. “The number of victims could be even higher due to underreporting and better data collection by law enforcement is needed to create strategies that will prevent anti-transgender violence.”

AMA also adopted a policy expressing its support for allowing “mature” minors to get vaccinated against their parents’ wishes. The group pointed to the drop in vaccination rates and the recent outbreaks of measles as justification for the policy.

Finally, AMA enacted a policy calling on doctors and other medical officials to take steps to combat human trafficking, including posting signs, notices and other educational material in clinics and hospital emergency departments.