Even among those wanting late-term abortion to remain unlawful, most thought doctors should not be sanctioned for carrying them out if such circumstances applied.
”In no circumstance did a majority indicate that a doctor should be sanctioned for terminating a pregnancy after 24 weeks’ gestation,” the authors said. ”Our findings challenge the belief that Australians strongly oppose women accessing late abortion.”
The survey was conducted in mid-2008 among 1050 randomly selected respondents. Seventeen per cent of female respondents indicated they had had an abortion themselves.
The lead author, the obstetrician Lachlan de Crespigny, told the Herald: ”This survey has graphically illustrated that criminalising women who are facing terrible decisions in pregnancy is not what Australians want. People are responsible; they don’t need to be criminalised to prevent them rushing to abortion late in pregnancy.”
Dr de Crespigny said that while Victoria had moved to decriminalise abortion, it technically remained a crime in NSW and Queensland albeit tempered by sympathetic court rulings.
I’m intrigued as to why a study undertaken in 2008 is only getting publicity now, but better late than never.
Should abortion be lawful in first trimester?
- 61 per cent yes
- 26 per cent depends on circumstances
- 12 per cent no
- 1 per cent undecided
- 12 per cent yes
- 57 per cent depends on circumstances
- 28 per cent no
- 3 per cent undecided
Should abortion be lawful in second trimester?
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