Abortion breaches ‘do no harm’ ethic

The chief executive of the Southern District Health Board has ‘stated that “abortion services would be provided closer to home”, no doubt meaning at Southland Hospital’, according to Norman MacLean, who opposes the introduction of such services.

He says that the introduction of abortion services brings a “conflict of conscience” for many staff members, is opposed to the “central tradition” of medical ethics, and concludes that “Liberal abortion is simply not good medicine and this is why many Southlanders are deeply concerned this harmful procedure will be practised within our community”.

Mr Norman MaLean was a clinical obstetrician and gynaecologist at Southland Hospital for 35 years. He works in Invercargill as a senior lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Otago Medical School.

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