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Norwegian health minister: abortion reprisal fears ‘unacceptable’. Deputy Minister of Health Tord Dale finds it unacceptable that gynecologists at Flekkefjord hospital refuse to perform abortions. Surgery department manager at Flekkefjord hospital, Marcus Gürgen, told NRK earlier today gynecologists at the medical facility used their legal right to refuse to perform abortions. One is afraid of violent reprisals from anti-abortionists. “He does not want a rock thrown through his window should he decide to carry this procedure out here, even though I believe it won’t occur.”

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Norwegian health minister: abortion reprisal fears ‘unacceptable’

Published on Wednesday, 27th April, 2011 at 20:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .

Deputy Minister of Health Tord Dale finds it unacceptable that gynecologists at Flekkefjord hospital refuse to perform abortions.

Tord Dale, Deputy Minister of Health
'Fear of reprisals is not an acceptable reason.'Tord Dale, Deputy Minister of Health
Photo: Norwegian Government


Surgery department manager at Flekkefjord hospital, Marcus GĂźrgen, told NRK earlier today gynecologists at the medical facility used their legal right to refuse to perform abortions. One is afraid of violent reprisals from anti-abortionists.

“He does not want a rock thrown through his window should he decide to carry this procedure out here, even though I believe it won’t occur.”

Women have to travel to hospital in Kristiansand or Stavanger instead. Approximately 450 abortions, 50 of which were surgical, were performed in Kristiansand last year.

Mr Gürgen continues, defending the four gynecologists’ decision, saying, “It has never been an issue; the question has never arisen. However, many doctors refused to perform an abortion in Flekkefjord in the old days.”

Both Vest-Agder County’s chief and assistant chief medical officers, Kristian Hagestad and Toril Hagerup-Jenssen, say this has never been a problem.

“We have not once received any complaints,” she tells paper Fædrelandsvennen.

However, deputy health minister Tord Dale tells The Foreigner in a statement that he finds the current practice objectionable.

“Women have had the right to choose abortion in Norway for more than 30 years. The Abortion Act does not give medical personnel the right to reserve themselves for other reasons than matters of conscience. Fear of reprisals is not an acceptable reason for reservation,” he says.

“I presume that the services are organized in a way that ensures that the people in this region medical care of the same quality as in the rest of the country.”




Published on Wednesday, 27th April, 2011 at 20:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .

This post has the following tags: flekkefjordhospitalabortions, marcusguergen, deputyministerofhealthtorddale.


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