I am horrified by a short piece in yesterdays Guardian reporting on a study in the Journal of Medical Ethics. 733 medical students took part.
"The survey revealed that almost a third of students would not perform an abortion for a congenitally malformed foetus after 24 weeks, a quarter would not perform an abortion for failed contraception before 24 weeks and a fifth would not perform an abortion on a minor who was a victim of rape," according to researcher Dr Strickland. Apparently, almost half those asked believe doctors should be allowed to refuse any procedure to which they object on moral, cultural or religious grounds, such as prescribing contraception or treating someone who is drunk or high on drugs.
I cannot believe the arrogance of these young people, who are not yet qualified doctors, that makes them think that they are entitled to make moral judgements about future patients. I thought the days of doctor as god were well and truly past. AIBU?
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