A fifth of medical students object to abortion for congenital abnormalityBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4717 (Published 22 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4717
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 1 London
An agency that counsels women on unwanted pregnancy has said it is vital that training on abortion is included in the medical school curriculum after findings from a study suggested that many students might not understand the reasons why women seek a termination.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) was responding to reports of a study that collected the views of medical students on specific scenarios, such as abortion for failed contraception, fetal anomaly, or rape of a minor; offering contraceptive services; treating a patient who was drunk or high on drugs; and carrying out an intimate examination on a patient of the opposite sex.
The study asked 1437 medical students from Cardiff, London, and Leeds to complete a questionnaire and 733 responded (response rate of 51%). It has thrown up some …