More and more doctors are unwilling to perform abortions, according to a recent survey.
In the U.S., the demand for abortion is high, they said, given that half of pregnancies are unintended, and half of those end in abortion.
Religious objections may play a role, as may a reduction in training for the procedure in residency programs from the late 1970s through 1996. After that time, abortion training was required for residency.
From a strictly religious viewpoint, the study found that practitioners who identify as being Jewish were more likely to perform abortion, while Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, as well as physicians with high religious motivation, were less likely to offer the service.
It’s a growing trend among the United States for anti-abortion “protesters” to use intimidation tactics, or now even outright threats, to try to stop doctors from providing legal abortions to women. The intent is that if doctors can be scared out of providing abortions, more women will have to carry to term simply because they have no other safe options.
Is the right to have an abortion being bullied into that old-fashioned, puritanical corner again, as it was in the past? Doctors afraid or reluctant to provide women with safe treatment simply because they are intimidated by those who disapprove? Does no one take into consideration that, whether abortion is frowned upon or not, there will always be a need for them? The point is safety, and this kind of care can only be administered by a trained physician.
No more wire hangers.
To read the full article: More Docs Refusing Abortions; Religion And Location Named Factors