Women on Waves is now providing safe abortions off the coast of Ecuador, focusing attention on the reproductive justice activists fighting against a society that has strictly criminalized abortion.
Thirty years ago, abortion was seen as a positive advancement — medically, socially, and religiously. Now few want to claim it as a good.
A non-surgical abortion provider in Green, Ohio, is being evicted because of disturbances created by anti-choice protesters outside the clinic.
Anti-choicers insist that abortion providers like Planned Parenthood get into the business because it’s profitable. Never mind that Planned Parenthood does more to reduce the abortion rate by providing education and contraception than anything anti-choicers do.
Thirty years ago, Dr. Ken Edelin nearly went to jail for performing a legal abortion. Today, he’s speaking out about current threats to abortion rights in the United States.
Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed. But anti-choicers won’t listen to evidence — they claim that abortion is unsafe. And in states across the country, they’ve managed to pass a host of burdensome regulations, called TRAP laws, on abortion provision that make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to stay open.
Medical students in Canada are not receiving the training that they need to become abortion providers. Many medical schools do not include the subject in their curriculum, so students wishing to learn the procedure must take it upon themselves to become trained providers.
In the reproductive health curriculum I dream of at night, students who do not wish to comprehensively serve their patients are forced to defend their position. Quite simply, this is a curriculum where abortion is included where appropriate, just like any other common, safe procedure.
Medical school, by nature, often strips out a deeper social analysis when examining the health outcomes of different communities. The pro-choice movement within medical schools should always ensure that it is sensitive to the socioeconomic realities we find ourselves in and is responding to the full range of individuals’ reproductive health needs.
Unlike other health care professionals, abortion providers face unique challenges, which often include harassment, intimidation, vandalism, and in some cases violence. Today, we pause and honor the men and women who put their lives at risk to make reproductive choice a reality.