Reference Guide on Legal Considerations for Clinical Decision Making when a Pregnancy Places a Woman’s Life at Risk

Reference Guide on Legal Considerations for Clinical Decision Making when a Pregnancy Places a Woman’s Life at Risk

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Most countries have criminal laws against voluntary abortion and regulate access to it, with exceptions for certain circumstances. These are referred to as “exceptions, grounds or indications.”

However, despite these exceptions, it is often difficult for people to legally access termination of pregnancy services. This is partly due to the lack of knowledge about these grounds and the requirements therein, creating indecision and confusion among health workers on which circumstances allow them to legally perform abortions.

Indeed, health workers often find it difficult to determine whether there is a risk to the woman’s life resulting from pregnancy and whether they should offer legal termination as one of the treatment options. These clinical decision-making guidelines focus on the right to life exception because it has not been well understood or analyzed, unlike the health and rape exceptions on which progress has been made over the years.

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