AB ( is a patient who is 17 years old )and is a patient for 9 yrs in a psychiatric hospital in a state that has a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
She is 12 weeks pregnant. The father is unknown. Her mother, who is her legal guardian wants her to have an abortion. A.B refuses saying its against my principles. Neither A.B nor her mother could care for her child so, if she carried it to term, it would be placed in a foster home. This is all the information available at this time. Religious consideration is not an issue. Assume that you are the sole ethicist on the hospital’s ethics committee. You have been asked by a chair to provide an ananlysis and a recommendation as to how to deal with the situation from an ethical stance.
a) First, thought, you must find out what the legal position is. Summarize this in the beginning of the memo to the chair, I.C. Clearly M.D
b) Next, identify the significant information that is missing and why having this information could influence your analysis.Then, make a recommendation. Explain your reasoning.
c) What would you need to know to make a better recommendation in this case ?