Manufacturing mental illness (and lawful abortion): doctors' attitudes to abortion law and practice in New South Wales and Queensland

Douglas, Heather, Black, Kirsten and de Costa, Caroline (2013) Manufacturing mental illness (and lawful abortion): doctors' attitudes to abortion law and practice in New South Wales and Queensland. Journal of Law and Medicine, 20 3: 560-576.

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Author Douglas, Heather
Black, Kirsten
de Costa, Caroline
Title Manufacturing mental illness (and lawful abortion): doctors' attitudes to abortion law and practice in New South Wales and Queensland
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 560
End page 576
Total pages 17
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Language eng
Subject C1
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
Abstract Around one-quarter of Australian women will have an abortion during their lifetime but access is affected by the way health care providers interpret the law about abortion. In Queensland and New South Wales abortion is a criminal offence although it is defensible in certain circumstances. Drawing on interviews with 22 doctors who provide abortion services to women in New South Wales and Queensland, this article examines doctors’ responses to two common scenarios in which women may request an abortion. The two scenarios discussed in this article are a request for a first trimester abortion in circumstances where the woman does not feel ready to have a baby; and a request for abortion in the second trimester where the fetus has been diagnosed with an abnormality. This article explores doctors’ understanding of the law related to the provision of abortion in these two States and their views about the effect of the law on their practice.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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