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21 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 279 (1993-1995)
Silent No More: Physician's Legal and Ethical Obligations to Patients Seeking Abortions

handle is hein.journals/nyuls21 and id is 289 raw text is: SILENT NO MORE:
PHYSICIANS' LEGAL AND ETHICAL
OBLIGATIONS TO PATIENTS SEEKING
ABORTIONS
SYLVIA A. LAW*
Prologue: Some True Stories ........................................ 280
Introduction  .........................................................  281
I. Physicians' Obligations to Provide Medical Information and
Referrals to Patients ........................................... 285
A. Informed Consent .......................................... 285
B. The Duty to Provide Referrals ............................. 288
C. Prohibitions Against Physician Abandonment .............. 290
D. The Wrongful Birth Cases ................................. 292
II. Contemporary Patterns of Medical Education, Ethics, and
Practice in Relation to Abortion Choice ....................... 295
III. Answering Common Objections to Obligations to Provide
Medical Information and Referral .............................. 301
A. Physicians' Capacity to Provide Information about Medical
Aspects of Abortion and Abortion Referral ............... 301
B. Physicians' Conscientious Objections to Abortion .......... 303
IV. The Inadequacy of Common Law and Constitutional
Rem  edies  ......................................................  307
A. Common Law Remedies ................................... 307
B. Constitutional Remedies ................................... 310
V. Prospects for Reform    .......................................... 315
A. The National Abortion Federation Model ................. 316
B. Medical Educators ......................................... 317
C. State Legislatures .......................................... 318
D. Professional Organizations ................................. 320
Conclusion  ..........................................................  321
* Professor of Law, New York University School of Law. B.A., 1964, Antioch Col-
lege; J.D., 1968, New York University School of Law. Hibi Pendleton, Tova Wang, Sandy
Widlan, Katharina Munz, and Natalia Sorgente provided valuable research assistance. Dor-
othy Roberts, Marjory Schultz, the NYU Faculty Brown Bag Workshop, the Yale Law &
Feminism Seminar, and the University of Mimesota Faculty Workshop shared constructive
insights on earlier drafts.
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