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Adoption Alternatives

A patient faced with a problem pregnancy may seek advice from her physician. If there is no medical reason for terminating the pregnancy, adoption should be discussed as an alternative to abortion. A physician should refer a patient to an approved adoption agency if the patient wants to place the child for adoption. The physician should be careful to avoid any conflict of interest in making this referral (see Chapter 24). No matter who pays the bills or arranges the care, the physician's duties are to the patient, not the agency or adoptive parents.


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