In addition to imposing unnecessary and damaging limits and requirements on women’s medical care, do anti-abortion laws contribute to a social climate in which it is acceptable to terrorize me, my colleagues, and our patients?
The persistent failure to recognize abortion provision as “conscientious” has resulted in laws that do not protect caregivers who are compelled by their conscience to provide abortion services.
A retired doctor says the political climate is now more dangerous for those who provide abortions than it was when he openly did illegal procedures.
Oh, so he just fantasizes about killing people who terminate pregnancies. Much better.
Nothing like law officials who think obeying laws is for other folk.
The bottom line: State policies undermine women’s health and decision-making if they do not give women a true portrayal of the medical information they need for the situation they are in.
I do love this work, and I learn new things every day from my residents and my patients. One of the comments a resident said to me a few years ago has especially stuck with me. She said, “being patient centered is being prochoice.” The more I thought about it since then, however, the more I think it is true.
I suggest that that these doctors’ statements point to a paradox of the abortion conflict in the United States; whether abortion provider or supporter, engagement with this issue introduces these clinicians to a diverse group of allies, with a shared sense of mission, that is rare elsewhere in medicine.
“Sting” operations carried out by anti-choice groups who want to eliminate women’s access to abortion and birth control have become an issue in the United Kingdom where misrepresentation of the issue of sex selection is being used in a new series of attacks on providers.
Medical Students for Choice were and are still literally putting their futures and lives on the line by taking on the medical establishment as well as the anti-abortion zealots to bring forward new generations of abortion providers.