A group of leading women's doctors has accused a Victorian doctor and his supporters of running a campaign against Victoria's abortion laws, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The GP, Catholic pro-life doctor Mark Hobart, does not want to refer women who seek abortions to another doctor, which he is required to do under the law.
He recently refused to give a referral to a couple who wanted to abort a 19-week foetus on sex selection grounds, and is as a result under investigation by the Medical Board.
Former Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson accused Dr Hobart, and others who have joined the Doctors 4 Freedom of Conscience group, of waging a 'campaign to erode the rights of women that have been so hard fought for.'
Dr Sally Cockburn, a GP also known as Dr Feelgood, said she was against abortion on sex selection grounds for gender reasons alone.
But she said that in some instances it 'may be in the best interests of the patient's health and well-being.'
Dr Cockburn, who is also a former chairman of Family Planning Victoria and a patron of Marie Stopes International Australia, said it was important to balance a doctor's rights with a patient's rights.