19/05/2019

Conscientious objection and its impact on abortion service provision in South Africa: a qualitative study

Conscientious objection and its impact on abortion service provision in South Africa: a qualitative study

Jane HarriesDiane CooperAnna Strebel y Christopher J Colvin

 

Abstract

Despite abortion being legally available in South Africa after a change in legislation in 1996, barriers to accessing safe abortion services continue to exist. These barriers include provider opposition to abortion often on the grounds of religious or moral beliefs including the unregulated practice of conscientious objection. Few studies have explored how providers in South Africa make sense of, or understand, conscientious objection in terms of refusing to provide abortion care services and the consequent impact on abortion access.