Next Monday, March 10, we will mark the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. It's not a day that most Americans know about or commemorate, but it's a significant one for me. After all, I am an abortion provider, and I never would have chosen this career path if not for the inspiration and guidance of providers who came before me.
As a fourth year medical student, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. William Rashbaum in New York City for a month-long training in abortion. Dr. Rashbaum was an outspoken supporter of abortion, having witnessed many women dying from botched, illegal procedures before the Roe v. Wade decision. He saw how banning abortion hurt women, and devoted much of his career to training other physicians–like me–to provide safe, legal abortions for our patients.
This year, in honor of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health created a letter thanking the brave physicians who provided abortions before the Roe decision. PRCH will deliver the letter on March 10 to those providers. Please take a minute today and join me in thanking the courageous men and women who helped make abortion legal for women in America.