The decision-making process for requests for late termination of pregnancy in Israel

Roni Gagin, Ofrah Oded, Miri Cohen, Joseph Itskovitz

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Abstract

This article outlines and reflects on the current procedure in Israel for requesting late pregnancy terminations and the subsequent decision-making processes. The study population consisted of 183 women who requested late termination of pregnancy (LTP) in Israel during the years 1995-97. The main causes for requests were fetal anomalies and late application. Eighty-two percent of requests were approved, and approval could be predicted by the week of gestation and the reason for application. Ethical dilemmas are described. The need to enhance professional support for women who request LTP, whether they receive approval or not, should be addressed by the health system and social workers in health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-104
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Social Work
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2001

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Decision making
  • Ethics
  • Late termination of pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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