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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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Abstract

FARIAS, Rejane Santos  and  CAVALCANTI, Ludmila Fontenele. Practice in situations of legal abortion from the perspective of health professionals at Fernando Magalhães public hospital. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.7, pp. 1755-1763. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000700014.

The scope of this study was to analyze perceptions of health professionals at Fernando Magalhães Public Hospital regarding situations involving the practice of legal abortion. With this in mind, we sought to characterize the professionals interviewed, understand the qualifying process for assistance of women requiring abortion and identify the perceptions of the professionals regarding the practice of legal abortion. The quantitative and qualitative approach in terms of methodology was adopted. The instruments used were analysis of institutional documentation and semi-structured interviews based on a script with informed consent. The results of this research revealed: the inappropriate use of the right to conscientious objection by health professionals; the existence of difficulties faced by professionals in construction of a posture that ensures access to legally sanctioned abortion; and the interference of ethical and religious values as an important element in professional attitudes that discourage the practice of legal abortion. Measures for the ongoing education of professionals and the monitoring of actions applied to technical norms are recommended.

Keywords : Legal abortion; Health professionals; Perceptions.

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