Title

Offensive Defensive Medicine: The Ethics of Digoxin Injections to the Partial Abortion Ban

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Abortion, Reproductive ethics, Conflict of duties, Bioethics, Physician-patient relationship, Malpractice

Organizational Units

Sturm College of Law

Abstract

Since the Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion ban in 2007, more U.S. abortion providers have begun performing intraamniotic digoxin injections prior to uterine dilation and evacuations. These injections can cause medical harm to abortion patients. Our objective is to perform an in-depth bioethical analysis of this procedure, which is performed mainly for the provider’s legal benefit despite potential medical consequences for the patient.

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