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April 19th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Should a doctor be required to mention abortion when they are treating a patient? I mean like if they are doing an U/S and they find out the baby has some sort of deformaty that will cause it to die soon after birth or something, or if the mother is having complications that could be aleviated by termination, is the doctor OBLIGATED to mention termination? How much are they required to mention about it, and can they legally try to talk you into or out of it?

I know with my first DD her triple screen came back borderline positive for down syndrome and the doc said "what do you want to do?" and I looked at her and was like what do you mean? And she took a deep breath and said well, you are early enough that a termination is a posibility if you want. But it was obvious she didnt agree with it (termination), but didnt try to sway me one way or another. She was very professional, but does anybody know if they are required to say something or can they just carry on like youre going to continue with the pregnancy and if YOU say something they can go from there. I do know they dont HAVE to do a procedure if they dont want, though.

What is some of your experiences with docs and abortion being brought up?

Edited for saying death instead of birth
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April 19th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Tests for abnormalities are optional; so if someone knows they don't want to know, they don't have to.

I think doctors should mention termination if the baby is going to die for certain. Like babies that are lacking a vital organ such as a brain, etc.

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April 19th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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I knew if they didnt want to do the procedure they could just refer them to someone who would do the procedure. I'm not sure of the case, but I do know a while back that was an issue a doc wouldnt do an abortion and got in trouble, but they changed the rules. I was just wondering about talking about it though. Its funny I think that is why I ultimatly made the decision to not go into something in the medical field and pregnancy (which is what I originally wanted to) was fear of having to deal with a patent who was choosing to terminate a pregnancy.
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April 19th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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Yes, they should and have an obligation to discuss ALL options with patient.

I think that the patient has the right to make an informed decision regardless of their personal, religious, or ethical beliefs. A doctor has to provide the information for the patient to make such an opinion. In these cases, I doubt that you would find too many doctors that would push one option of the other due to the sensitivity of the issue. My dh is a doc and is constantly asked "what would you do" but he always chooses not to answer that question and refers back to medical literature or case studies.
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