With respect to the latest debate on the inability of local health services to attract the services of a local practitioner who’d be willing to terminate unwanted or inconvenient pregnancies for women, why should this unsuccessful quest be so surprising?
Most responsible and ethical medical practitioners are already parents of children themselves, and practise their caring profession with a view to promoting the on-going health and wellbeing of their patients.
It was also quite shocking to read (Letters, January 10, 2013) that women may now seek, and apparently obtain, terminations in the last trimester of their healthy pregnancies.
Regrettably, these late stage terminations could perhaps be covered by the connotations of the word, “infanticide.”
Under these circumstances, therefore, it should not be surprising that local medical professionals prefer not to have their respected names associated with any grey area of medicine, and something akin to infanticide in particular.