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