In 2014, an online database listing doctors allegedly opposed to terminations and contraception was set up in New Zealand. The database lists dozens of medical professionals who are said to oppose abortion. The site’s advocates say patients, as consumers, have a right to know who does not offer contraception or abortion referrals because of their moral or religious views. An anti-abortion group says it is a “name and shame” exercise.
Under the law, medical professionals can conscientiously object to performing abortions or sterilisations. The law required objecting doctors to refer patients to colleagues who would provide abortion services but in 2010 the High Court invalidated the law.Tags: Abortion, Abortion rights, Conscientious objection, New Zealand