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Medical Termination Of Pregnancy For Psychosocial Reasons.

Authors
  • Riquin, Elise1
  • Le Nerzé, Thomas2
  • Rousselot, Yénofa3
  • Nardin Godet, Katia4
  • Nordström Schüler, Sylvie5
  • Lebrun, Julie6
  • Biquard, Florence7
  • Gillard, Philippe8
  • Legendre, Guillaume9
  • Duverger, Philippe10
  • 1 Service de Psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 2 Service de Psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 3 Service de Psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 4 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 5 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 6 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 7 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 8 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 9 Service de gynécologie obstétrique, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 10 Psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, CHU Angers, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2021
Volume
50
Issue
6
Pages
101932–101932
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jogoh.2020.101932
PMID: 33031946
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The requesting of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) for psychosocial reasons invites several questions concerning progress in medicine as well raising necessary and legitimate ethical questions. The law currently permits MTP for maternal reasons at any stage of pregnancy if the woman's health is at a significant risk. However, conceptions of mental health risks remain a grey area and present difficulties in terms of psychiatric assessment. When dealing with a patient suffering from a psychiatric disorder, questions must be asked on the reasons behind the request as well as questions concerning free and clear consent. It must also be taken into account that the progressive nature of pregnancy means patient care must be provided relatively quickly. These cases invite discussion on medical decisions, on both a moral and rational level, and the legitimacy of the basis on which the medical decision is taken in the context of MTP for psychosocial reasons. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

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