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December 5, 1990

Informed Consent and Abortion

Author Affiliations

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM

JAMA. 1990;264(21):2739-2740. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450210035021

To the Editor.—  In response to a recent article,1 several letters to the editor2 commented on the issue of informed consent in pregnancy and legislatively mandated disclosure of information prior to induced abortion. As a physician who has provided abortion services for 20 years, my practice has been to inform the patient of her alternatives according to the standards of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "In the event of an unwanted pregnancy, the physician should counsel the patient about her options: 1) continuing the pregnancy to term and keeping the infant, 2) continuing the pregnancy to term and offering the infant for legal adoption, or 3) aborting the pregnancy."3 Other ethicists confirm the importance of such informed consent for all pregnant patients, whether planning to continue the pregnancy or not.4 Informed consent and decision counseling for patients seeking abortions is also a national standard,