John R. Ball, MD, JD
The Supreme Court of the United States, in Rust v. Sullivan (1), decided late this spring that regulations prohibiting counseling concerning abortion in federally funded family planning clinics (the "gag rule") were valid. Whatever one's personal views about abortion and on whichever end of the political spectrum one stands, both the decision and the reasoning behind it should raise broad alarm. The decision's rationale has implications for society and for medical care far beyond the specific effect of the decision on family planning clinics, the people who work there, and their patients.
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Ball JR. Law, Medicine, and the "Gag Rule". Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:403-404. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-5-403
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(5):403-404.
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