Abortion and referrals for abortion: is the law in need of change?

In an article published recently in this journal Daniel Hill argues that it is unacceptable that British law allows doctors to refuse to terminate non-emergency pregnancies but not to refuse to refer given that many doctors who are opposed to non-emergency abortion will be opposed also to any action that aids non-emergency abortion, including the action of referral. In this reply, I argue that Hill’s argument fails to describe properly the correct function of the law, which has never been about ensuring people can exercise moral consistency in their behaviours.
Keywords abortion  referral for abortion  conscientious objection
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DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01738.x
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