Abortion law in Portugal: current barriers and upcoming challenges
Keywords:abortion, conscientious objection, multiple stream framework, clandestine abortion
The decriminalization of abortion aimed to end clandestine abortions, but are still some barriers to safe abortion that affect, mostly, women in disadvantaged situations: conscientious objection, too short procedure deadlines, mandatory reflection periods or stigmatization. The links between the legislative formulation and its implementation was investigated and any eventual discrepancies attest the partial failure of its objectives. DGS quantitative data and qualitative information from interviews and focus group with specialists and health professionals, were analysed. The evidence provided clues to future debate.Select an area to comment on
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