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Victorian Womens Health Atlas

Abortion and conscientious objection in Victoria

The Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 specifies the obligations of registered health practitioners who have a conscientious objection to abortion. This paper explores how the level of compliance with this legislation may impact significantly on women seeking a lawful termination of pregnancy. Discusses human rights, ethical service provision, informed choice, patient trauma, risk of service delays leading to fewer or more invasive options, and limitations on rural women seeking alternative practitioners.

Abortion_and_conscientious_objection_in_Victoria.pdf (32.91KB)

Abortion and conscientious objection in Victoria / Women's Health Victoria. - Melbourne: Women's Health Victoria, June 2009