Thursday, January 27, 2011

Canadian Study on Medical Students and Abortion

From the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada:

Results: One hundred and twenty six of 266 second-year students (47%) and 67 of 170 fourth-year students (39%) completed the survey. Fourth-year medical students scored higher on average than second-year students (P < 0.001), producing mean scores of 45% and 25%, respectively. Abortion epidemiology was the weakest area of performance for all students. Most medical students would either provide an abortion (37% of fourth-year students, 38% of second-year students) or refer to a provider (36% of fourth-year students and 34% of second-year students). There was no significant relationship between overall scores and student readiness to provide abortions.

I'm quite surprised that 27 per cent of these students would neither perform abortions nor refer to an abortion provider.

I'm even shocked.

And seeing that the researcher is from BC, I suspect this study was also conducted in "progressive" BC. You wonder what the rates are in Alberta.

The researcher concludes:

Conclusion: Medical students in both second and fourth year
demonstrated a limited understanding of abortion.

Here's our chance, pro-life movement. We have to make them understand what an abortion is.