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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016 Aug;134 Suppl 1:S16-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.06.005.

Conscientious objection as a barrier for implementing voluntary termination of pregnancy in Uruguay: Gynecologists' attitudes and behavior.

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1
Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic A, Pereira Rossell Hospital, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay. Electronic address: fracopp60@yahoo.es.
2
Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic A, Pereira Rossell Hospital, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the attitudes and behavior of gynecologists in Uruguay with respect to the right to conscientious objection that is included in the law concerning voluntary termination of pregnancy.

METHODS:

The relevant laws and decrees, academic articles, legal or administrative claims, and the positions published by the institutions representing physicians or by groups of gynecologists were analyzed.

RESULTS:

In general, the institutions positioned themselves in favor of correct application of conscientious objection and the immense majority of gynecologists followed this conduct. Small groups mounted a strong opposition and in one department (province) all gynecologists declared themselves to be objectors.

CONCLUSION:

Most gynecologists, whether or not they are objectors, proved to have a "loyalty to duty," fulfilling their primary obligation to abide by the ethical duty to give treatment to the persons who need it. A small group used conscientious objection to impede the provision of care to the women who needed the service, some group members being genuine objectors and others pseudo-objectors.

KEYWORDS:

Conscientious objection; Gynecologists’ attitudes; Legal termination of pregnancy; Uruguay

PMID:
27577020
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.06.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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