Fostering Discussion When Teaching Abortion and Other Morally and Spiritually Charged Topics

AMA J Ethics. 2018 Jul 1;20(7):E637-642. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.637.


Best practices for teaching morally and spiritually charged topics, such as abortion, to those early in their medical training are elusive at best, especially in our current political climate. Here we advocate that our duty as educators requires that we explore these topics in a supportive environment. In particular, we must model respectful discourse for our learners in these difficult areas.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / education*
  • Abortion, Induced / ethics*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum / standards
  • Education, Medical / ethics*
  • Family Planning Services / education*
  • Humans
  • Philosophy, Medical*
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Students, Medical