A Doctor's Dilemma

My Patients, My Conscience & My Faith

I was in my office one morning last April completing a pelvic exam on a sexually active sixteen-year-old girl. I’m a family doctor in a busy private practice. As a Catholic, I have many concerns about teenagers who are sexually active, but I generally don’t ponder them during a hectic morning in the office. That April day, though, was different. As I cared for this girl, who came with her mother to discuss contraception, I wrestled with the question of how my...

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About the Author

Lynn-Beth Satterly, MD, is in private practice with her husband, Clyde, and teaches clinical medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

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