National survey of attitudes towards pregnancy termination procedures among anaesthesiology residents in the US

Stowers P

Thannickal A

Wojtowycz M

Wallis J

Sexual Health
Sep 2018
Anaesthesiologists are vital to abortion access in the US. An online survey of 215 anaesthesiology residents assessed attitudes towards abortion. Among the surveyed residents, first-trimester abortion was more acceptable than second-trimester abortion (P < 0.001). Few respondents objected to abortion in cases of fetal anomalies or maternal health indications. Further, 77.3% of surveyed residents reported past participation in abortion procedures, including 77.8% of residents with objections to abortion in some circumstances. Anaesthesiology residents who are female, childless and non-religious were more likely to find first-trimester abortion acceptable.