Values and beliefs on abortion  - The views of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units in Northern Ireland

Fiona K. Bloomer, Leanne Morgan, Noirin MacNamara

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Abstract

Abortion became decriminalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. Until that point there existed no evidence concerning the views of health professionals on decriminalisation or on their willingness to be involved in abortion care. The purpose of this study was to address this lack of evidence, including all categories of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units in Northern Ireland. This paper focuses on how participants talked about beliefs and values that they held on abortion.

The online survey was targeted at medical, nursing and midwifery staff working in the obstetrics and gynaecology units in each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. In total 312 health care professionals took part in the study. Of these 312 responses we have conducted content analysis of text in open-ended questions, whereby respondents were asked to explain their views on abortion.
Original languageEnglish
Typebriefing paper
Media of outputbriefing paper
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021

Keywords

  • abortion
  • abortion policy
  • faith
  • Religion

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