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Referral for abortion

Prathima Radhakrishnan

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2009.078


Referral of patients for termination of a pregnancy by those physicians who are against abortion always raises ethical issues. The authors in this paper refer to the Committee on Ethics Opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “The limits of conscientious refusal in reproductive medicine,”which stated that physicians opposed in conscience to abortion nonetheless have an ethical obligation to “provide accurate and unbiased information” and to “refer patients in a timely manner to other providers.” The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists in their response to this opinion states: “The idea that physicians are obligated to provide or refer for elective abortion services simply on the basis of ‘patient request’ is antithetical to the practice of modern medicine.”

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