Abortion Clinic Staff

New Zealand, like many other countries, faces a shortage of trained abortion providers.

  • Many younger doctors specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, are choosing not to train as abortionists.
  • Overseas abortionists need to be recruited because of problems with "recruitment and retention" of NZ abortionists and nursing staff.
  • Abortion clinic staff have been found to have symptoms that fit the condition now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Some who have stopped doing abortions have reported that they "became convinced that it was wrong through experiencing harrowing dreams."
The Abortion Providers Federation of Australasia is the advocacy organisation for abortion providers in Australia and New Zealand.

The only NZ member listed on their website is Epsom Day Unit at National Women's Hospital Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand, along with other countries, faces a shortage of trained abortion providers. One reason is that many younger doctors specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, are choosing not to train as abortionists.

In New Zealand, as elsewhere, hospital staff are reluctant to perform second trimester abortions. The Abortion Supervisory Committee reported in 2003 that overseas abortionists need to be recruited because of problems with "recruitment and retention" of NZ abortionists and nursing staff.

In the UK doctors and nurses, like their women patients, also dislike late abortions and many decline to do them. A consultant obstetrician at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, Peter Bowen Simpkins, said: "Most NHS hospitals stop at 18 weeks [the legal limit is 24 weeks]. The nurses - and the doctors - don't want to look after patients beyond that limit. I can't speak for every hospital but late abortion is not a very pleasant affair. They are mostly done in the private sector. Many doctors and nurses don't do abortions at all."

Dr Rachel MacNair, is the director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis in Kansas City, and author of Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: the Psychological Consequences of Killing (Paeger, 2002). Her research has examined several groups that kill, including war veterans and executioners.
Increasingly, medical students and junior doctors are seeing abortion as an unexciting field of medicine and something they would rather not do.
"The reported discrimination against pro-life Muslim medical students and doctors is outrageous, and demonstrates the extent to which respect for fundamental medical ethics in Britain has declined...All doctors are trained to protect and save life, and we all have the right to practise our faith. We Muslims intend to continue doing just that."

In Canada, a Christian medical student lost three successive appeals on a failing grade for his refusal to perform or refer for any abortion procedure. He was finally reinstated in good standing shortly before his graduation.


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