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MW conscientious objection- abortion

Discussion in 'Life with a PIN' started by jodipodi, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Koalagrrry

    Koalagrrry Well-Known Member Plus! Member

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    I would hope to get some experience in caring for women having terminations while a student, tbh.......I kinda expected that we would have to, actually!
    Does it sound odd/wrong that I think I'd be less affected by the early, surgical terminations than the later, medical ones?
  2. ninaktucker

    ninaktucker New Member

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    Hi this is also digressing from the point a little but what are the "official guidlines" on late termination? Personally i believe it down to the circumstances but im worried i get it for one of my uni questions and say something taboo!! Help please xx
  3. Nynaeve

    Nynaeve Moderator Staff Member

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    what do you mean by official guidelines hun?
  4. Koalagrrry

    Koalagrrry Well-Known Member Plus! Member

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    Do you mean what criteria need to be met for a woman to be offered a late termination, post 24 weeks gestation?
  5. iolaus

    iolaus RM and Head of Clinical Practice Staff Member

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    Available after 24 weeks if
    • if it is necessary to save the woman's life
    • to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman
    • if there is substantial risk that if the child were born, s/he would have physical or mental abnormalities and be seriously handicapped
    No exactly exact - the first one I can't see happening, as they'd deliver but not abort in every scenario I can think of

    There was something in the papers about a doctor doing it for a cleft lip and palate - which many wouldn't consider 'seriously handicapped'
  6. With woman

    With woman Active Member

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    Before I started my midwifery I really worried about this. But actually I find working with women who lose babies (for what ever reason) one of the most satisfying parts of the job. Women who choose to Terminate their pregnancies, don't do it without great thought, (baring in mind anything before 18weeks is dealt with elsewhere). Most are for very justified medical reasons.
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    ninaktucker New Member

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    Thanks everyone! I was just looking at example questions for my interwiew and one of them was "How would you deal with a woman wanting a late termination?"
    I was just wondering if there was a right or wrong answer to this? Personally I would treat every case individually and professionally. I would support the woman and offer her advice and counselling. I would not let personal judgement cloud my professionalism. My personal views aren’t relevant.
    Learning to catch likes this.
  8. I didn't know that midwives can't refuse to assist an abortion. I think I read somewhere that Obstetricians can refuse to perform them. Does anyone know why it is different for midwives? Just curious really...

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