• ‘A scary time': Fear of prosecution forces doctors to choose between protecting themselves or their patients

    1 month ago - By STAT

    Last Wednesday, a patient walked into Julie Rhee's fertility clinic in St. Louis with pelvic pain that was getting steadily worse. She had a history of ectopic pregnancies and, following months of IVF treatment, was showing all the signs of another one. A recently implanted embryo was growing inside the fragile walls of her fallopian tube, threatening to burst them open and cause internal bleeding at any moment. She needed surgery, and fast. For the first time, though, Rhee discovered her clinical judgment wasn't enough. She would have to present her case to a hospital ethics committee.
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