The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended that women in the US consider a testicular and cervical ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.
The recommendation comes in the wake of the horrific killing of an Indiana teen who was killed by a suspected Planned Parenthood affiliate and her mother after she went to the clinic for a routine testicular examination.
The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the AAP’s policy “is not intended to provide guidance to doctors or the public on when to perform an abortion, nor does it offer an opinion on the merits of abortion.”
The statement also said the AAP has been working for years to increase the number of states where it can certify abortion providers.
The AAP said in a statement that it has “always supported the right of all women to choose when and if to terminate their pregnancies and is committed to supporting a variety of reproductive health care options.”
It added: “This statement has nothing to do with any legal or ethical issues of Planned Parenthood.”
A Planned Parenthood spokesperson told ABC News that the organization has been in touch with the AMA, who had no immediate comment.
ABC News’ Jennifer Jacobs and The Associated Press contributed to this report.