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Access to Emergency Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 542, November 2012

ABSTRACT Emergency contraception includes contraceptive methods used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected intercourse sexual assault or contraceptive failure Although the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first dedicated product for emergency contraception in 199...

November 2012

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Women of Color

Committee Opinion Number 536, September 2012

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 414, August 2008)

ABSTRACT In the United States most new cases of human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS occur among women of color primarily African American and Hispanic women Most women of color acquire the disease from heterosexual contact often from a partner who...

September 2012

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Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Committee Opinion Number 525, May 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Lesbians and bisexual women encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure discriminatory attitudes and treatment limited access to health care and health insurance and often a limited understanding as to what their health risks may be Health ...

May 2012

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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Committee Opinion Number 520, March 2012

(Replaces No. 380, October 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Disclosure and discussion of adverse events in health care with the patient are morally and ethically necessary to achieve the optimal goal of respecting patient autonomy Improving the disclosure process through education policies programmatic training and accessible resources will enhanc...

March 2012

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Intimate Partner Violence

Committee Opinion Number 518, February 2012

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence IPV is a significant yet preventable public health problem that affects millions of women regardless of age economic status race religion ethnicity sexual orientation or educational background Individuals who are subjected to IPV may have lifelong consequences in...

February 2012

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Maternal-Fetal Intervention and Fetal Care Centers

Committee Opinion Number 501, August 2011

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The past two decades have yielded profound advances in the fields of prenatal diagnosis and fetal intervention Although fetal interventions are driven by a beneficencebased motivation to improve fetal and neonatal outcomes advancement in fetal therapies raises ethical issues surrounding m...

August 2011

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Adult Manifestations of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Committee Opinion Number 498, August 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied complex and often devastating Many obstetriciangynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse Depression anxiety and anger are the most commonly reported e...

August 2011

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At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence: Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications

Committee Opinion Number 496, August 2011

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Compared with men atrisk alcohol use by women has a disproportionate effect on their health and lives including reproductive function and pregnancy outcomes Obstetriciangynecologists have a key role in screening and providing brief intervention patient education and treatment referral for...

August 2011

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Preparing for Disasters: Perspectives on Women

Committee Opinion Number 457, June 2010

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Emergency plans that specifically address the needs of women infants and children during disasters are currently underdeveloped in the United States Pregnant women infants and children are adversely affected by disasters resulting in an increased number of infants with intrauterine growth...

June 2010

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Forming a Just Health Care System

Committee Opinion Number 456, March 2010

ABSTRACT In this Committee Opinion the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorses the Colleges ongoing efforts to promote a just health care system explores justifications that inform just health care and identifies professional responsibilities to guid...

March 2010

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Motivational Interviewing: A Tool for Behavior Change

Committee Opinion Number 423, January 2009

Reaffirmed 2016

Abstract Applying the principles of motivational interviewing to everyday patient interactions has been proved effective in eliciting behavior change that contributes to positive health outcomes and improved patientphysician communication Current Procedural Terminology codes are available to aid i...

January 2009

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Ethical Decision Making in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 390, December 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Physicians vary widely in their familiarity with ethical theories and methods and their sensitivity toward ethical issues It is important for physicians to improve their skills in addressing ethical questions Obstetriciangynecologists who are familiar with the concepts of medical ethics w...

December 2007

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The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine

Committee Opinion Number 385, November 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Health care providers occasionally may find that providing indicated even standard care would present for them a personal moral problema conflict of conscienceparticularly in the field of reproductive medicine Although respect for conscience is important conscientious refusals should be l...

November 2007

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Patient Testing Ethical Issues in Selection and Counseling

Committee Opinion Number 363, April 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Recommendations to patients about testing should be based on current medical knowledge a concern for the patients best interests and mutual consultation In addition to establishing a diagnosis testing provides opportunities to educate inform and advise The ethical principles of respect fo...

April 2007

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Medical Futility

Committee Opinion Number 362, March 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT The construct of medical futility has been used to justify a physicians unilateral refusal to provide treatment requested or demanded by a patient or the family of a patient It is important that physicians and their institutions develop a process for dealing with conflict surrounding the ...

March 2007

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