Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/2440/66313
Type: Journal article
Title: Australian attitudes to early and late abortion
Author: de Crespigny, L.
Wilkinson, D.
Douglas, T.
Textor, M.
Savulescu, J.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2010; 193(1):9-12
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Lachlan J de Crespigny, Dominic J Wilkinson, Thomas Douglas, Mark Textor and Julian Savulescu
Abstract: Objective: To investigate community attitudes to abortion, including views on whether doctors should face sanctions for performing late abortion in a range of clinical and social situations. Design, setting and participants: An anonymous online survey of 1050 Australians aged 18 years or older (stratified by sex, age and location) using contextualised questions, conducted between 28 and 31 July 2008. Main outcome measures: Attitudes to abortion, particularly after 24 weeks’ gestation. Results: Our study showed a high level of support for access to early abortion; 87% of respondents indicated that abortion should be lawful in the first trimester (61% unconditionally and 26% depending on the circumstances). In most of the clinical and social circumstances described in our survey, a majority of respondents indicated that doctors should not face professional sanctions for performing abortion after 24 weeks’ gestation. Conclusions: Our data show that a majority of Australians support laws which enable women to access abortion services after 24 weeks’ gestation, and that support varies depending on circumstances. Simple yes/no polls may give a misleading picture of public opinion.
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Published version: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/193_01_050710/dec11141_fm.html
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