An Australian doctor is being investigated after reportedly refusing to provide a referral for a couple that sought an abortion clinic after learning they were having a girl and not a boy.
The Herald Sun reports that Dr. Mark Hobart has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Victoria for five months, accused of having committed an offense under the state’s Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008.
A couple had reportedly asked Hobart to refer them to an abortion clinic after discovering at 19 weeks they were having a girl when they wanted a boy.
The doctor had a moral objection to providing the abortion and says he could not refer the patient as he did not know a doctor who would agree to abort a healthy baby for sex selection reasons, according to Ninemsn.
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“It’s very wrong,” Hobart said. “I don’t know any doctor in Victoria that would be willing to refer a woman that wanted to have an abortion just because of gender at 19 weeks. I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it and it offended my moral conscience.”
Under Victorian law, Hobart was obliged to refer the patient to a doctor he knew would terminate the pregnancy. By refusing to provide a referral to another doctor, Hobart, who has practiced for 27 years, could face suspension or even lose his medical license.