Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 17. 19th July 1972

Hallmarks of Good Abortion Law and Practice

Hallmarks of Good Abortion Law and Practice

1.It does not ignore the facts and altitudes on abortion held by a majority of the public, particularly women.
2.Private moral decisions are left to the individual woman and not delegated to doctors.
3.Medical decisions are made by doctors (principals whether it is safe to do an abortion on a particular woman).
4.Medical advice is freely and non moralistically available to the woman — principally appraisal of the risks of abortion or of continuing the pregnancy.
5.The final decision (subject only to medical veto on grounds of high risk or unavailability of medical facilities) is made by the woman in private rather than by a panel of doctors.
6.Participation by all medical and nursing stall is made voluntary.
7.The privacy of the woman is respected.
8.Illegal (that is, non-medical) abortion is made a serious crime for the abortionist.