Abortion and Informed Consent

Informed consent is a big deal in health care. And it should be. If a person is planning to undergo medical treatment, his or her doctor will go to great lengths to make sure the patient understands what is involved -- whether for preventative care, elective procedures, or treatment for serious illness. There are often multiple discussions. Test results are reviewed. Printed materials may be provided. Doctors may sketch visual images. They may use computers to show medically relevant videos. Internet resources may be recommended. Sometimes patients can watch procedures being performed on their body in real time, such as during a flexible sigmoidoscopy. After an organ transplant, a patient may be shown the diseased organ, especially in cases when patients had doubts about just how sick they were. Many patients also reap the benefits of diagnosis-specific support groups where they receive emotional support along with helpful resources as they continue to learn about their medical...(Read Full Article)