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Clinical Crossroads Update
May 24/31, 2000

A 26-Year-Old Woman Seeking an Abortion, 1 Year Later

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, LY318, Boston, MA 02215.

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2700. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2700

At Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds in June 1999, David A. Grimes, MD, discussed a 26-year-old student who had discovered she was pregnant.1 The patient, Ms B, citing cultural and family prohibitions to having a child while unmarried, along with financial barriers, asked to have the pregnancy terminated. Ms B was referred to a family planning clinic, where, after extensive counseling, she chose to have a surgical abortion.

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