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Understanding the extent of and limitations to conscientious objection by health care practitioners to abortion

Fleming, Valerie and Maxwell, Clare and Morecroft, Charles (2021) Understanding the extent of and limitations to conscientious objection by health care practitioners to abortion. [Data Collection]

Abstract

A question that continues to generate social, professional, and academic controversy is the scope of the right to conscientious objection (CO) under section 4 of the 1967 Abortion Act. Research questions 1. What do health professionals understand as constituting ‘participation in abortion’?2. From which elements of the abortion process should health professionals be permitted to withdraw on grounds of conscience? The research has been underpinned by the hermeneutic of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Semi structured interviews with pharmacists, doctors, nurses and midwives took place. Data were analysed thematically, heuristically and finally hermeneutically. The main themes were "doing the job", "entrusting to others", "acknowledging institutional power" and "being selective".

Creators: Fleming, Valerie and Maxwell, Clare and Morecroft, Charles
Uncontrolled Keywords: conscience; abortion; health professionals
DOI: https://doi.org/10.24377/LJMU.d.00000101
Division: Nursing & Allied Health
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 12:22
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URI: https://opendata.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/101

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