A large number of conscientious objectors denounce a lack of application of the law on abortion for three reasons

The latest report published by Corporación Humanas on conscientious objection revealed that at least 43% of midwives employed in public hospitals authorized for voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVE) oppose the measure for violation.

Dall’Aprofa, an organization specializing in the defense of sexual and reproductive rights, describe the data as worrying. Furthermore, they indicate that it is essential to be able to train health professionals in relation to conscientious objection.

“Although protocols exist today to ensure care for those seeking voluntary termination of pregnancy for three reasons, many aspects need to be strengthened, including increased training of professionals who provide care,” comments the group.

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On the other hand, they point out that the high number of objectors contributes to the barriers faced by patients wishing to access the IVE law. For example, that the pregnant woman has to go to a more distant medical facility, because the hospital closest to her does not have professionals who provide the service.

According to the report, one of the structures with the highest data is the Hospital Sotero del Río of Puente Alto, 85.7% of midwives are objectors in cases of rape, 66.7% in fetal inviolability and a 47, 6% at mother’s vital risk.

“There is a general lack of knowledge about who and when to make use of conscientious objection, there are professionals who use it, without being included in the list of people who can proclaim themselves conscientious objectors,” says Aprofa.

Along the same lines, they indicate that “the implementation of the law has been marked by various administrative and application obstacles, which have prevented pregnant women from exercising their right”.

Other figures

Other data provided by Corporación Humanas indicate that of the 1,338 midwives hired in public hospitals authorized to perform an abortion, 576 professionals object if the cause invoked by the affected woman or girl is pregnancy following rape, 309 in the case of a fetus eligibility and 205 against viable causal risk (15.3%).

“The State of Chile fulfills its obligation to guarantee throughout the national territory access to abortion under safe conditions according to the grounds established by law, particularly when the pregnancies are the result of rape,” underlines Humans in the report .

Options and information

To learn more about the implications of the law n. 21.030 and reproductive rights in general, Aprofa has a webpage for requesting sexual health guidance.

The objective of the platform is to accompany the decisions of the consultants, always with a view to rights and on the basis of information free from bias and bias.

The platform also has a health center where professionals accompany users with information within the legal framework, to answer questions about suspected pregnancy or to terminate the pregnancy under Law No. 21.030 or continue with the process.

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