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New Portuguese code no longer defines abortion as ethical misconduct

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1945 (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1945
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. 1Lisbon

    Abortion is no longer considered an act of serious ethical misconduct in the latest ethical code for doctors in Portugal, which was approved recently by the Portuguese Medical Association.

    The previous code stated, “The practices of both abortion and euthanasia are considered acts of serious ethical misconduct.” However, the new code, which was approved at the end of September …

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