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JAMA. 1990 Feb 9;263(6):858-61.

The right of privacy protects the doctor-patient relationship.

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Law, Medicine and Ethics Program, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, MA 02118.



The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the 1989 abortion case, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, is expected to encourage more restrictive state abortion legislation and attempts to give the Court the opportunity to overrule its landmark 1973 abortion decision, Roe v. Wade. Annas, et al. argue that efforts to limit abortion rights represent a repudiation of the constitutional right to privacy that Roe delineated. Their article examines the nature of the constitutional protections afforded the doctor-patient relationship by Roe, and discusses how the erosion of the 1973 decision may threaten these protections that physicians and patients take for granted. The authors view Webster and its anticipated legislative and judicial aftermaths as especially inimical to a physician's right to communicate with patients and to exercise medical judgment free from state interference.

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