PMID- 28940197
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DCOM- 20180716
LR  - 20180716
IS  - 1879-3479 (Electronic)
IS  - 0020-7292 (Linking)
VI  - 140
IP  - 1
DP  - 2018 Jan
TI  - Prevalence of conscientious objection to legal abortion among clinicians in
      northern Ghana.
PG  - 31-36
LID - 10.1002/ijgo.12328 [doi]
AB  - OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of conscientious objection (CO), motivations,
      knowledge of Ghana's abortion law, attitudes, and behaviors toward abortion
      provision among medical providers in northern Ghana, and measures to regulate CO.
      METHODS: Between June and November 2015, the present cross-sectional survey-based
      descriptive study measured prevalence, knowledge, and attitudes about CO among
      213 eligible health practitioners who were trained in abortion provision and
      working in hospital facilities in northern Ghana. Results were stratified by
      facility ownership and provider type. RESULTS: Approximately half (94/213, 44.1%)
      of trained providers reported that they were currently providing abortions. The
      overall prevalence of self-identified and hypothetical objection was 37.9% and
      33.8%, respectively. Among 87 physicians, 37 (42.5%) and 39 (44.8%) were
      categorized as self-identified and hypothetical objectors, respectively. Among
      126 midwives, nurses, and physician assistants, 43 (34.7%) and 33 (26.2%) were
      coded as self-identified and hypothetical objectors, respectively. A high
      proportion of providers reported familiarity with Ghana's abortion law and
      supported regulation of CO. CONCLUSION: CO based on moral and religious grounds
      is prevalent in northern Ghana. Providers indicated an acceptance of policies and
      guidelines that would regulate its application to reduce the burden that CO poses
      for women seeking abortion services.
CI  - (c) 2017 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
FAU - Awoonor-Williams, John K
AU  - Awoonor-Williams JK
AD  - Global Doctors for Choice Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
FAU - Baffoe, Peter
AU  - Baffoe P
AD  - Global Doctors for Choice Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
FAU - Ayivor, Philip K
AU  - Ayivor PK
AD  - Global Doctors for Choice Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
FAU - Fofie, Chris
AU  - Fofie C
AD  - Global Doctors for Choice Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
FAU - Desai, Sheila
AU  - Desai S
AD  - City University of New York, School of Public Health, New York, NY, USA.
FAU - Chavkin, Wendy
AU  - Chavkin W
AD  - Global Doctors for Choice, New York, NY, USA.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
DEP - 20171013
PL  - United States
TA  - Int J Gynaecol Obstet
JT  - International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the
      International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
JID - 0210174
SB  - IM
MH  - Abortion, Legal/psychology/*statistics & numerical data
MH  - Adult
MH  - *Attitude of Health Personnel
MH  - Cross-Sectional Studies
MH  - Female
MH  - Ghana
MH  - Health Personnel/*psychology
MH  - Humans
MH  - Midwifery/statistics & numerical data
MH  - Pregnancy
MH  - Prevalence
MH  - Refusal to Treat/*statistics & numerical data
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Abortion
OT  - Comprehensive care
OT  - Conscientious objection
OT  - Northern Ghana
EDAT- 2017/09/25 06:00
MHDA- 2018/07/17 06:00
CRDT- 2017/09/24 06:00
PHST- 2017/03/22 00:00 [received]
PHST- 2017/07/30 00:00 [revised]
PHST- 2017/09/20 00:00 [accepted]
PHST- 2017/09/25 06:00 [pubmed]
PHST- 2018/07/17 06:00 [medline]
PHST- 2017/09/24 06:00 [entrez]
AID - 10.1002/ijgo.12328 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018 Jan;140(1):31-36. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.12328. Epub 2017 
      Oct 13.