Gynaecologists' Attitudes to Abortion
Lancet. 1989 Dec 2; 2(8675): 1323-1324.
The authors surveyed 335 British consultant gynecologists concerning their attitudes toward abortion. Survey participants were queried on such issues as how well they thought the 1967 Abortion Act functions, a woman's right to decide on an abortion in consultation with her physician, and what the legal time limit on abortions should be. The gynecologists also were asked about their own abortion practices. More doctors supported a 24-week legal limit to abortion than were willing themselves to perform late abortions except for fetal abnormality or risk to a woman's life. Savage and Francome argue for the liberalization of British abortion law based on public opinion backed by the attitudes of gynecologists as determined by this survey. (KIE abstract)