Conscientious objection to abortion, the law and its implementation in Victoria, Australia: perspectives of abortion service providers
Louise Anne Keogh, Lynn Gillam, Marie Bismark, Kathleen McNamee, Amy Webster, Christine Bayly, Danielle Newton
BMC MEDICAL ETHICS | BMC | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: In Victoria, Australia, the law regulating abortion was reformed in 2008, and a clause ('Section 8') was introduced requiring doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to another provider. This study reports the views of abortion experts on the operation of Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act in Victoria. METHODS: Nineteen semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with purposively selected Victorian abortion experts in 2015. Interviews explored the impact of abortion law reform on service provision, including the understanding and implementation of Section 8. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. RESULTS: The majo..View full abstract
Research funded by the Brenda Jean Brown Trust. The trust had no involvement in the conduct or reporting of the research.