Originally Posted by ikestoys
Hmmm what do you think about forcing mothers to get ultrasounds and told their baby may feel pain before an abortion?
Getting an ultrasound is a medical procedure, not patient education.
As for the second part I have no idea if its true, but it is actually the scientific consensus that it is true, then it seems pretty obvious to me that the physician would need to warn of this possible "adverse event" just like they do with any other procedure, pain is always one of the first symptoms they read off on consent forms. (quotes are b/c thats probably not the right word, but you know what I mean) I imagine that information would definitely play into some patients decision making, and purposely withholding it would be unethical, just like failing to name a side effect of any other intervention.
That being said, given the controversial and unique nature of abortion, it wouldn't surprise me if some of the ethics surrounding it aren't quite consistent with general medical practice, so I could be way off of actual practice here.