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Chapter 9 - Induced Abortion and Feticide

from Section 3 - Professionally Responsible Clinical Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 November 2019

Laurence B. McCullough
Affiliation:
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
John H. Coverdale
Affiliation:
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas
Frank A. Chervenak
Affiliation:
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Summary

This chapter provides an ethical framework for offering, recommending, performing, and referring for induced abortion and feticide.

Counseling pregnant women about induced abortion and feticide presents the obstetrician with a distinct set of challenges., The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have provided general guidance. Based on the ethical principles of beneficence and respect for autonomy in professional ethics in obstetrics and gynecology (see Chapter 2), this chapter provides practical, clinically comprehensive ethical guidance on when to offer, recommend, perform, and refer for abortion and feticide.

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Print publication year: 2019

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