Michelle Mello on Abortion, Privacy, and Genetic Counseling after Dobbs


3:30 When does law enforcement have access to information in the medical record?

11:00 Should you allow patients to tape conversations? Can they do it without your consent?

14:00 Fetal personhood: does it create legal jeopardy for patients and practitioners?

20:30 “Clinicians ought to ask themselves the following questions before they write stuff down: does it NEED to be in the medical record to assure good quality care (now and in the future), to support our facility's claims for reimbursement, or to comply with other legal directives?”

26:55 For counselors in abortion-friendly states: do you have to worry about what you put in the medical record?

31:40 Are we ready to start talking about the need for civil disobedience?

The dismantling of the right to abortion established under Roe v Wade has left many clinicians angry, uncertain, and in dire need of legal advice. If that describes you – speak to a lawyer! Don’t get your legal advice from a podcast, you silly goose. But first: you might want to listen to this conversation with Stanford’s Michelle Mello, a law and health policy professor. Her work examines the intersection of health, law, and ethics; in a recent article in JAMA, Michelle and co-author Kayte Spector-Bagdady suggest that protecting patients and practitioners from legal jeopardy in the post-Dobbs age may require us to rethink what information we put in the medical record.

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