On May 28, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the constitutionality of a far-reaching new abortion law.1 The 7 to 2 ruling in Box v Planned Parenthood upheld an Indiana provision that mandates any clinician or facility providing abortion to bury or cremate fetal remains, no different than the requirements for cadavers. The Court declined to review a separate provision that bars any abortion that is sought on the basis of sex, race, or genetic disability.1 This Viewpoint examines the practical implications of the Court’s decision for physicians and their patients.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Fox D, Cohen IG, Adashi EY. The Law and Ethics of Fetal Burial Requirements for Reproductive Health Care. JAMA. 2019;322(14):1347–1348. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.12713
Browse and subscribe to JAMA Network podcasts!
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: