in brief: doctor slammed for personal anti-abortion campaign
A pro-life Victorian doctor has been cited by fellow professionals as enacting a personal campaign contradicting the state’s abortion laws.
Dr Mark Hobart has refused to refer patients for an abortion based on his religious beliefs, construing his involvement as ‘accomplice to murder’.
Victoria is the only state in Australia to allow abortion in the first 24 weeks on request, or after 24 weeks if two doctors give a referral.
Former Victorian health services commissioner, Beth Wilson told the Herald Sun that Dr Hobart and the Doctors 4 Freedom of Conscience group were ‘[eroding] the rights of women that have been so hard fought for’.
Dr Hobart only came under the scrutiny of the Medical Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, after refusing to refer a couple to another doctor for requesting an abortion on sex-selective grounds at 19 weeks.
He submitted to a Victorian inquiry on abortion in 2011, saying that the procedure ‘is committing a mortal sin’ and would apparently condemn women and couples to hell.
Dr Hobart stands to lose the right to practice across Australia but has said he does not worry about losing his place on the medical register anymore.