By Sarah Terzo
From an article in The Independent about a shortage of abortion providers in England:
“Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in “conscientious objectors” who request exemption from the task, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says. A key factor is what specialists call “the dinner party test.” Gynecologists who specialize in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered – but no one boasts of being an abortionist. As a result, after decades of campaigning, antiabortion organizations may be on the point of achieving their objective by default.
“Repeated efforts to tighten the law have failed and public opinion remains firmly in support, but the growing number of doctors refusing to do the work means there may soon not be enough prepared to carry out terminations to meet demand.”
Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, “Abortion Crisis as Doctors Refuse to Perform Surgery.” The Independent, April 16, 2007.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.