OB/GYN Group Says Pregnant Women Have Right to Informed Consent and Refusal of Doctor Recommendations

Earlier this month, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committee on Ethics issued an opinion paper on “Refusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy.” The document laid out a series of nine recommendations for what doctors should do when pregnant women refuse medical treatments indicated by their obstetrician–gynecologists (OB/GYN).1The document underscores the ethical importance of respecting the right of patients to refuse treatment, and it specifically points out that forcing pregnant women to comply with treatment “raises profoundly important issues about patient rights, respect for autonomy, violations of bodily integrity, power differentials, and gender equality.”1 It adds, “Coercive interventions often are discriminatory and act as barriers to needed care.”

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