Abortion: 'Women tell us that GPs not only won’t assist them, but they won’t refer them on'

Some doctors may be skirting their obligations to refer women on who are seeking an abortion

Some doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion are breaking Victorian law by refusing to refer patients to practitioners without a moral objection to the procedure, a survey suggests.

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In 2008, Victoria became the first Australian state to force doctors to refer their patients on to doctors without a conscientious objection, under reforms intended to ensure women’s access to abortion.

The changes (see box  below) were controversial among a number of doctors who argued they undermined their right not to be

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