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Vol. 8 No. 2 (2005)

Conscience and Compromise: Abortion and the Requirements of Justice in Medical Schools

  • Kevin Belgrave, BA
November 4, 2020




  1. "A physician should not be compelled to participate in the termination of a pregnancy." Canadian Medical Association.
  2. Policy statement. Induced Abortion. Ottawa: Dec 15, 1988.
  3. "No discrimination should be directed against doctors who do not perform or assist at induced abortions." Ibid.
  4. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 2.
  5. Ontario (Human Rights Comm.) and O'Malley v. SimpsonsSears Ltd. Supreme Court of Canada. Canadian Human Rights Reporter, Vol 7. D/3102, Paragraph 24772 (1985).
  6. Moore v. British Columbia (Ministry of Social Services). British Columbia Council of Human Rights. Canadian Human Rights Reporter, Vol. 17. D426 (1992).
  7. Summary of the Evidence of Cecilia Moore. Submitted to the British Columbia Council of Human Rights, 1991, Parag. 38.
  8. Leger Marketing National Omnibus Survey. Canadians' Opinions on Abortion. #10598-002, 1505 Respondents + 2.5% 19 times out of 20, October 2003.
  9. This is the principal argument of curriculum change advocates Medical Students for Choice. Medical Students for Choice.
  10. Curriculum Reform. Available at: issuereform.htm. Accessibility verified May 17, 2005.
  11. A 1988 Planned Parenthood study numbered the percentage of abortions done for women's "health problems" at 3%. See: Forrest J, Torres A. Why Do Women Have Abortions? Family Planning Perspectives; 1988, 24(4): 169-176. In addition, Dr. Warren Hern, in his medical textbook Abortion Practice, notes: "A study of motivations for abortion has found that the majority are sought for socio-economic reasons." Hern W. Abortion Practice. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott; 1990.
  12. Canada. Official Opposition Finance Critic. News Release. CARAL Admits that Abortion Done for Socio-economic Reasons. Ottawa: October 31, 2001.
  13. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. Facts in Brief. Induced Abortion. New York: January 2003


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