[quote="Spectator, post:7, topic:350895"]
When I had it done a number of years ago,my now ex wife and I were jointly interviewed by the surgeon to make sure she was consenting
I was wondering about this because I watched some old medical shows on DVD (Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center) where these things were covered. There were also a few shows that related to therapeutic abortions.
Many of these stories were positive, but a few were not. Dr. Welby actually talked one of his patients out of having a vasectomy (the man wanted to have one because he thought he carried a genetic disorder), and Dr. Welby mentioned that his patient had to have his wife sign a letter consenting to the vasectomy. This was 1969.
One of the *Medical Center *story was a woman who wanted to have her tubes tied, and both she and her husband had to meet before a sterilization board consisting of a surgeon, a psychiatrist (the psychiatrist in the story was female), and another doctor. After much discussion, the woman changed her mind.
Although I did see a *Medical Center *episode where an unmarried college student was 8 weeks pregnant, and because she had a brain tumor and required brain surgery, Dr. Gannon reluctantly did a therapeutic abortion (this was about 1971). There was also a more positive *Medical Center * episode where a pregnant woman in her mid-30's had a heart problem, and the cardiologist suggested a therapeutic abortion. The woman wanted to keep her baby, and Dr. Gannon was able to do some successful surgery that kept the fetus intact.
I do remember both shows covering episodes on contraception. Medical Center *was adjacent to a college campus (the outside shots were UCLA Medical Center in Westwood), and the hospital had a birth control clinic. I also saw one *Marcus Welby, M.D. *episode where a woman was trying different brands of birth control pills, in order for her and Dr. Welby to evaluate which ones had less side effects (irritability, leg cramps, weight gain, etc.). She hated being on the Pill, but justified it because her husband was a law student, and she was working as a secretary to earn money to pay the living expenses. *Marcus Welby M.D. also did an episode where a couple had a baby who passed away from Tay-Sachs Disease (a genetic disorder), and Dr. Welby did not hesitate to put her on the Pill a short time later.
There was also a *Marcus Welby, M.D. *episode that was made in 1972 where Dr. Welby was forced to remove the uterus from an attractive 19-year old girl who encountered side effects from a recent abortion. The girl hemorhaged within 24 hours and had to have emergency surgery to save her life. The girl didn't want to have an abortion (no, neither Dr. Welby or Dr. Kiley did the abortion), but it was the girl's mother who forced her to have one. This was 1972, and even then Dr. Welby discussed emotional and psychological side effects from abortion, as well as inability to conceive at a later date.
There was also a *Medical Center *episode made about 1970 where an ambulance responded to a sorority house. A 19-year old girl was pronounced dead at the scene from septic shock. She had undergone an abortion (no, Dr. Gannon did not do the abortion) a day or two before. In the same episode, a student nurse was treated at the Medical Center for complications after a self-induced miscarriage.