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

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (5):1006-1008 (2011)
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Abstract

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.

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