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Survey: OB-GYNs remain conflicted about abortion, but pills may be changing attitudes

With the national abortion debate entering a new stage, a survey of U.S. obstetricians and gynecologists has found that while nearly 3 out of 4 had a patient who wanted to end a pregnancy in the past year, fewer than 1 in 4 were willing and able to perform one themselves.

Among the doctors who answered questions about the procedure, 1 in 3 cited personal, religious or moral reasons for not providing abortion services.

But conscientious objections to abortion were hardly the only factor influencing OB-GYNs' decisions. As reported in a study published this week by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, 19 percent of the specialists who did not provide abortion care despite having patients who wanted it said that practical considerations - specifically, restrictions imposed on their practice settings - made it difficult or impossible for them to do so. And another 16 percent cited the attitudes of office staff in discouraging them from

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