Honest and ethical reproductive care should ensure (1) that patients are given full information about any restrictions on reproductive care provided by the physician; (2) that physicians counsel patients about alternative care even if they do not provide the care; (3) that physicians are not bound to provide elective care that is abhorrent to their religious beliefs; (4) that physicians balance the medical necessity of sexual history taking with the patient's concern for privacy; and (5) that physicians do not compromise a patient's health by refusing to provide needed care in an emergency, even if the physician could refuse to provide the same services on an elective basis.ACOG: Committee Opinion 63, Sterilization of Women Who are Mentally Handicapped. (Sept 1988).
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