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ABS Statement on Racism, Injustice and Humanity

The ABS as a professional society recognizes the diversity and inclusion of our members and of our nation at large.  A key principle in our code of ethics states that “ABS members should treat all persons with dignity and respect.”  The ABS Executive Board wants to take this time to emphasize our code of ethics at such critical time during our nation’s recent crisis. 

As an organization of radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists and nurses, the American Brachytherapy Society stands with those who peacefully protest to stop the spigot of racism from continuing to flow into our country.  We salute the people of all races, ages and backgrounds that have chosen to exercise their rights of assembly and free speech in calling for justice and praying for healing. Tearing down barriers and removing limitations to opportunity and other exclusionary tactics should be the goal of all of our members.  The diversity of our membership brings value to the fabric of our society.  Our commitment to patient care through excellence and empathy is highly demonstrated as we serve our neighbors and cancer patients regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion.

The words of Dr. King direct our efforts:

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular,
but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."