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Fri May 13, 2022, 01:11 PM

"The only moral abortion is my abortion"

I just saw this on Twitter. Doctors should simply not perform abortions on anti-choice women. They will get abused and then sued.

In the spring of 2000, I collected the following anecdotes directly from abortion doctors and other clinic staff in North America, Australia, and Europe. The stories are presented in the providers’ own words, with minor editing for grammar, clarity, and brevity. Names have been omitted to protect privacy.

“I have done several abortions on women who have regularly picketed my clinics, including a 16 year old schoolgirl who came back to picket the day after her abortion, about three years ago. During her whole stay at the clinic, we felt that she was not quite right, but there were no real warning bells. She insisted that the abortion was her idea and assured us that all was OK. She went through the procedure very smoothly and was discharged with no problems. A quite routine operation. Next morning she was with her mother and several school mates in front of the clinic with the usual anti posters and chants. It appears that she got the abortion she needed and still displayed the appropriate anti views expected of her by her parents, teachers, and peers.” (Physician, Australia)

“I’ve had several cases over the years in which the anti-abortion patient had rationalized in one way or another that her case was the only exception, but the one that really made an impression was the college senior who was the president of her campus Right-to-Life organization, meaning that she had worked very hard in that organization for several years. As I was completing her procedure, I asked what she planned to do about her high office in the RTL organization. Her response was a wide-eyed, ‘You’re not going to tell them, are you!?’ When assured that I was not, she breathed a sigh of relief, explaining how important that position was to her and how she wouldn’t want this to interfere with it.” (Physician, Texas)

“In 1990, in the Boston area, Operation Rescue and other groups were regularly blockading the clinics, and many of us went every Saturday morning for months to help women and staff get in. As a result, we knew many of the ‘antis’ by face. One morning, a woman who had been a regular ‘sidewalk counselor’ went into the clinic with a young woman who looked like she was 16-17, and obviously her daughter. When the mother came out about an hour later, I had to go up and ask her if her daughter’s situation had caused her to change her mind. ‘I don’t expect you to understand my daughter’s situation!’ she angrily replied. The following Saturday, she was back, pleading with women entering the clinic not to ‘murder their babies.'” (Clinic escort, Massachusetts)


https://joycearthur.com/abortion/the-only-moral-abortion-is-my-abortion/

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 01:20 PM

1. Typical of repugs. "I got mine, [email protected]#k you."

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Fri May 13, 2022, 01:39 PM

2. 1+

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Fri May 13, 2022, 02:41 PM

3. Said every rich conservative prick who ever sent his darling daughter off ...

for a "quick getaway".

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 02:59 PM

4. Everyone who wants an abortion should be able to get one. I don't give a shit who it is.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #4)

Fri May 13, 2022, 04:34 PM

6. These anti-choice women abused staff, and later threatened to sue

because the doctors gave them the care they wanted.

No doctor is REQUIRED to provide an abortion to an abusive patient. As one doctor said, "No one gets sued because they refused to do an elective abortion." But these women get the abortion, and THEN sue the doctor because they have regrets.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 03:11 PM

5. They've always been hypocrites

I swear that if I ever found out about a clinic protestor getting an abortion, I would tell their entire group. Screw HIPAA - I'm not a medical provider, not a clinic escort, and never worked for an insurance company. It would be delicious to tell their fellow hypocrites what their comrade did.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 05:26 PM

7. This has been around for a while, but sadly, it doesn't really age.

K&R for visibility.

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