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Revista chilena de obstetricia y ginecología

versión impresa ISSN 0048-766Xversión On-line ISSN 0717-7526


MONTERO, Adela et al. Prevalence and characteristics of conscientious objectors to Law 21.030 in public institutions. Rev. chil. obstet. ginecol. [online]. 2021, vol.86, n.6, pp.521-528. ISSN 0048-766X.


Law 21.030 incorporates conscientious objection for health personnel inside the surgical ward and allows its invocation by private institutions. It has been considered a conflict of interest, not monetary, by putting personal values first, affecting the fulfillment of professional duty.


To establish the prevalence of objectors in the country’s public network hospitals and characterize them according to age, gender, and nationality.


Quantitative, analytical, and cross-sectional study. Central and dispersion trend measures were used. For measuring the association between sociodemographic variables, profession and causal objected, test χ2, Fisher exact and Kruskal-Wallis test were used.


In 57 hospitals, a higher frequency of objectors were observed in the third causal. In 443 objectors, the median age was 43 years, 64.8% are women, and 87.4% are Chilean. The central and southern areas of the country have the highest proportion of hospitals, with more than 50% objectors.


The difficulty for obtaining the information prevents fully knowing the magnitude of conscientious objection in Chile. The high prevalence of objectors, specifically in the causal violation is worrying. The conscientious objection cannot operate as a barrier that violates the rights and dignity of women.

Palabras clave : Conscientious objection; Abortion; Sexual and reproductive rights; Law 21.030; Conscientious commitment.

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