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[Correspondence] Proposed changes to the Title X Family Planning Program

According to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics, “truthful and open communication between doctor and patient is essential for trust in the relationship and for respect for autonomy.”1 The doctor’s role is to assist patients in making autonomous, informed decisions about their health care through counselling and to refer for care if the doctor cannot provide it. A new regulation proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services would require providers in the Title X Family Planning Program to withhold information from patients and therefore violate the AMA ethics code.

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