New Zealand nurses do not want to assist doctors doing abortions

“It’s not an area of practice where many staff choose or are comfortable to work.”

Nurses have a particular difficulty with late-term abortions (usually described as abortions after 20 weeks or so)

“A lot of those nurses are quite happy to be involved in early abortions but with the increasing gestation they do find it difficult.”

Dr Sparrow said this was because of the greater development of the fetus, “rather than having a complete moral objection to abortion”.

Martin Johnson “More nurses opting out of abortion ops” NZ Herald Feb 4, 2009

Nurses in New Zealand have been refusing to participate in abortion procedures, particularly late term ones. Nurses participating in late-term abortions have to witness the extraction of fetal parts, including arms and legs, or tend to women who were delivering dead babies who have been injected with digoxin or another poison. It is not surprising that many of them are refusing to assist. Abortion has an emotional effect on providers as well as patients.

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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