Medical and midwifery students in Chile want their university to provide abortion training

In 2017, Chile’s constitutional tribunal approved abortion in cases of rape, lethal fetal anomaly, and to save the pregnant person’s life. In this new landscape, ANSIRH researchers wanted to examine medical and midwifery students’ attitudes toward providing abortion care soon after abortion was decriminalized.

Months after legal reform, they surveyed students pursuing medical or midwifery degrees at seven universities located in Santiago, Chile. Most students believe their university should provide abortion training to medical students who are specializing in gynecology, to medical students in general, and to midwifery students. Sixty-nine percent of students plan to become trained to provide abortion services and only 20% said they would not provide abortions under any circumstance. A majority agree that providing abortions is a positive contribution to society,

Current medical and midwifery programs may need to adapt to students’ desires to integrate high-quality training in abortion care into their programs to ensure that patients will receive timely, nonjudgmental, and quality abortion care.