Attitudes Towards Abortion Among Physicians Working at Obstetrical and Paediatric Departments in Denmark
Prenatal Diagnosis. 1998 Mar; 18(3): 273-280.
The purpose of this study was to describe the attitudes among physicians working in perinatal medicine towards abortion for social reasons or because of abnormal prenatal diagnostic results. A questionnaire was sent to all physicians registered as employed at obstetrical or paediatric departments in Danish hospitals with a neonatal function. Of 994 questionnaires, 687 (69 per cent) were completed and returned. There was strong consensus among all participants that abortion is acceptable until week 21 in the case of trisomy 13 and at least until week 19 in the case of cystic fibrosis. Furthermore, there was strong consensus that abortion in the first trimester is acceptable in the case of an unwanted pregnancy in a 16-year-old girl and in the case of Down syndrome. Major controversy was found in connection with abortion in the case of Turner syndrome until week 21, abortion in week 13 in the case of polycystic kidney disease, abortion in week 24 in the case of Down syndrome, and abortion for social reasons in week 21.
Abortion; Abortion on Demand; Adolescents; Age Factors; Attitudes; Children; Congenital Disorders; Consensus; Cystic Fibrosis; Diagnosis; Disease; Down Syndrome; Females; Fetal Development; Hospitals; Internship and Residency; Kidney Diseases; Legal Aspects; Males; Medical Specialties; Medicine; Pediatrics; Physicians; Prenatal Diagnosis; Pregnancy; Questionnaires; Residency; Selective Abortion; Socioeconomic Factors; Survey; Trisomy; Turner Syndrome; Unwanted Children; Viability;
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