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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Ethical Challenges in the Management of Pregnancies Complicated by Fetal Anomalies

Frank A Chervenak, Laurence B McCullough, Daniel Skupski, Stephen T Chasen

Keywords : Ethics,ultrasound,abortion,fetal research,cephalo- centesis,autonomy

Citation Information : Chervenak FA, McCullough LB, Skupski D, Chasen ST. Ethical Challenges in the Management of Pregnancies Complicated by Fetal Anomalies. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2007; 1 (4):1-6.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1113

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2007

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Ethics is an essential dimension of the clinical management of pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies. Appealing to the ethical principles of beneficence and respect for autonomy, this reviews explicates the ethical concept of the ‘fetus as a patient’. This concept provides the basis for a comprehensive approach to ethical challenges in the management of pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies. Practice, ethically justified guidance is given for the physician's role in counseling pregnant women about aggressive management, termination of pregnancy, selective termination of multifetal pregnancies, non- aggressive management, and cephalocentesis.


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