Journal article

Women's access to abortion after 20 weeks' gestation for fetal chromosomal abnormalities: Views and experiences of doctors in New South Wales and Queensland

Kirsten I Black, Heather Douglas, Caroline de Costa

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Induced abortions after 20 weeks' gestation comprise around one per cent of all terminations in Australia and mostly occur following the diagnosis of a fetal anomaly. However, these abortions are overly represented in legal cases against doctors and challenging to organise in those states where abortion remains in the criminal code and health department directives impose regulations. This study explores barriers to abortion access after 20 weeks' gestation in the states of Queensland and New South Wales. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We approached and sought consent from 22 doctors involved in abortion provision (15 in Queensland and seven in NSW), who responded in depth to a set of cli..

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