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A Journal on Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Minerva Ginecologica 2000 June;52(6):269-74
Is cesarian section acceptable on request? 'Voluntary' or 'non therapeutic' cesarian section. Ethical and deontological problems
Durante Mangoni E.
Having raised the question of the lawfulness of the so-called ''voluntary cesarian section'' (namely requested by the woman in the absence of any maternal or fetal therapeutic or preventive indications), the author discusses the matter initially in terms of bio-ethical values, before moving on to the fundamental deontological principles underlying the relationship between doctors and citizens benefiting from their services. Lastly, the paper examines the reference legislation set out in medical Code of Deontology. On the basis of the criteria examined, the answer to the question is decidedly negative and the reasons are stated.