Draft Position Statement on the Ethics of Doctor’s Conscience
- AFMW recognises that medical professionals are obliged to make clinical decisions that affect and are affected by the ethical, legal, religious and personal beliefs of doctors, patients and other parties.
- AFMW recognises the right of doctors to hold conscientious objections.
- Whereas AFMW respects the rights of doctors, AFMW believes doctors have a duty of care to provide unbiased information and to disclose their conscientious objections.
Draft Position Statement on Abortion
- AFMW upholds that every woman in every country should have the right to decide if she wishes or not to become pregnant.
- Reliable information and safe means to prevent pregnancy should be available to all women.
- AFMW recognises that termination of pregnancy is requested by some people.
- AFMW believes that safe and legal abortion services should be available, affordable and accessible. In worldwide promotion of women’s health, access to safe abortions is seen as an important issue.
- AFMW recognises the rights of women and girls and upholds the right of women and girls to undergo lawful medical and surgical treatments, including abortion.
- AFMW recognises the autonomy of women and upholds their right to choose to undergo lawful medical and surgical treatments, including abortion.
- AFMW upholds women and girls’ right to seek and obtain unbiased information about healthcare, including abortion.