Just What the Doctor Ordered, for Our Health and Future: Physicians for Social Responsibility Applauds Rep. Smith and Sen. Warren’s “No First Use” Legislation January 30, 2019

For Immediate Release

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Olivia Alperstein, (202) 587-5232

Washington, D.C. —  Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds Representative Adam Smith and Senator Elizabeth Warren for their bold commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all families by establishing a U.S. policy of “No First Use” of nuclear weapons. On January 30, Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced the “No First Use Act” in the House and Senate.

“This simple, common-sense statement of principle—making it clear to the countries of the world that the U.S. will never, ever deploy its nuclear weapons against any state unless they have deployed them against us, is an important first step toward returning our country to sanity when it comes to nuclear weapons, and one that we hope will put us back on the path of negotiated disarmament with other nuclear weapons states. We are fortunate to have leaders in Congress who are willing to challenge the dangerous status quo,” said Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Smith and Warren declared in their joint statement announcing the legislation, “Our current nuclear strategy is not just outdated—it is dangerous. By making clear that deterrence is the sole purpose of our arsenal, this bill would reduce the chances of a nuclear miscalculation and help us maintain our moral and diplomatic leadership in the world.”

“All my life I’ve been told that the United States maintains a nuclear arsenal solely because other nations have nuclear weapons, and that’s the way most Americans view it. It’s high time that United States made No First Use the law of the land,” said Martin Fleck, PSR Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Most Americans already believe the United States should not start a nuclear war.”

A nuclear exchange would result in one of the worst mass health crises humanity has ever faced, and no country on earth, including the United States, would have an adequate health or emergency response. PSR, a leading health voice on the issue of nuclear weapons policy, was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals who sought to educate the public about the full health impacts of nuclear weapons. For decades, PSR has mobilized medical and health professionals to call for policies that prevent the use of nuclear weapons and prevent nuclear war.

“PSR endorses the No First Use Act. We hope this leads to a robust debate in Congress about the current U.S. nuclear weapons posture and raises questions about the rationale for continued taxpayer investment in these horrific weapons,” added Carter.


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