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A fifth of medical students object to abortion for congenital abnormality

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4717
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 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 …

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