GP may be struck off after objecting to abortion
The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have investigated Sunshine general practitioner Dr Mark Hobart for five months.
Dr Hobart, who has practised for 27 years, has been investigated by the board under the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 for failing to refer a female patient seeking treatment and advice on abortion to a non-objecting practitioner, for demonstrating a disregard for his obligations as a medical practitioner and for disregarding patient rights.
The couple, who is reportedly Indian, had asked Dr Hobart to refer them to an abortion clinic after discovering at 19 weeks they were having a girl when they wanted a boy, but he refused.
Dr Hobart had a moral objection to providing the abortion and says he could not refer the patient as he did not know a doctor who would agree to abort a healthy baby for sex selection reasons.
"It's very wrong. I don't know any doctor in Victoria