Couple wanted a boy – wanted to abort girl
Dr. Mark Hobart, a physician in Melbourne, Australia, refused to refer a couple for an abortion at 19 weeks gestation. The couple wanted the abortion because they had learned that the woman was carrying a girl. They wanted a boy, not a girl. They found another physician without the referral and had the abortion.
Under the state of Victoria’s Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, objecting physicians are obliged to refer patients seeking abortions to a willing colleague. The law was passed despite vigorous opposition from health care workers who protested the Act’s suppression of freedom of conscience.