The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is appalled and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Orlando last weekend. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous act. AMWA advocates for the fair treatment of all individuals and the end of persecution based on discrimination by race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity, or religion.
We, as physicians, see the firsthand effects of gun violence on our patients, families, and the communities we serve. Gun violence is a major public health problem. To address this issue, AMWA developed a Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Task Force nearly one year ago. This task force has been organized for two purposes: to represent the stance of AMWA on gun violence to the public and to national coalitions, and to provide education and resources to AMWA membership to help combat gun violence. We are actively seeking volunteers for our task force. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow us on Facebook and twitter: @AMWAGVTF. Look for more action alerts from our task force on the AMWA website.
The GVP task force issued a call to action last week to encourage AMWA members to contact their senators in advance of key senate votes on the topic. A Congressional leader letter was also submitted.