Docs fight to act with conscience

The petition comes in the wake of the investigation by the state’s medical board into Melbourne GP Dr Mark Hobart over his refusal to refer a woman who came to him seeking an abortion at 19 weeks due to the fetus’s gender.

Under section 8 of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, doctors wishing to exercise a conscientious objection are required to refer women seeking an abortion to another practitioner known not to have the same objection.