Skip to comments.Abortion Stigma Affects Doctors' Training And Choices
Posted on 08/31/2009 6:16:41 PM PDT by markomalley
"I think for a lot of students right now, it's very hard to be confronted with the constant negative energy and constant fighting" that surrounds abortion, said Miller, who grew up in a southern Virginia city where antiabortion sentiment runs high. Just learning about the procedure at the state school in Richmond can be a challenge. Medical students who want training in the procedure usually must arrange an elective "externship" in Northern Virginia, she said.
Thirty-six years after it was legalized, abortion remains one of the most common procedures in American medicine -- and the most stigmatized. In 2005, 1.2 million abortions were performed, dwarfing the number of appendectomies (341,000), gallbladder removals (398,000) and hysterectomies (575,000). "There's this feeling it's dirty and should not be spoken about," said Miller. "It's hard to be brave and seek everything out yourself."
Her soul-searching underscores a long-standing problem some reproductive health experts say is worsening: a shortage of physicians willing to perform abortions. Although nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion by age 45, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a respected New York research organization, the number of abortion providers dropped from 2,908 in 1982 to 1,787 in 2005. Eighty-seven percent of counties in the United States and 31 percent of metropolitan areas have no abortion services.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
And, btw, you notice that they didn't bother with balance here. No quotes from "Medical Students for Life" (or the equivalent) (and no, I wouldn't expect such from the comPost)
Nobody seems to care about that.
Otherwise, there's simply no reason for a doctor to engage in that business.
No wonder they feel stigmatized.
Listen up, lady. That's the vestiges of your conscience screaming at you.
Abortion is our WORST evil. It BETTER cause some soul-searching!
If stupid Ms. Evans thinks "abortion" isn't a dirty word, she ought to take it up with all the fakers & liars of the Left who prefer to call it "choice."
Hippocratic Oath: "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion."
Abortion is an act of evil that has been recognized as such for 2400 years, and the pro-abortion side thinks it's sufficient to describe the revulsion many people feel for the procedure as "negative energy and constant fighting"? It never even crosses this writer's mind that the problem is doctors going into medicine to save lives and to help people rather than to kill, or he's chosen self-censorship to avoid presenting the perspective of the other side. Journalists who are this unprofessional deserve what the modern economy is doing to them.
Ummm...could be they see it for what it is...killing an innocent HUMAN life?
This is also a sympathy piece of crap for abortion supporters. Any OB/GYN in training is taught the basic procedures because there can be (extremely limited) medical justification for it being done. Examples would be ectopic pregnancy, fetal death in utero, and imminent death of mother without it. But compared to how frequently abortion happens today, these exceptions would be a tiny percentage and WERE legal before there even was the Supreme Court's own abortions of Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton.
Where in northern Virginia is this going on?
Why are we paying for federal marshals to protect these people? Most of them are pretty nasty pieces of work. They can pay for their own muscle if they think they need it.
“...underscores a long-standing problem some reproductive health experts say is worsening: a shortage of physicians willing to perform abortions”
What is the “problem”? I see this a good sign. The only time an abortion should be performed is if the physical life of the mother is at stake. Meaning, it is either the woman or the child. That being the case, we don’t need that many “abortion doctors” (an oxymoron) out there anyway.
So what changed to get it the endorsement of millions in the modern era?
And they can damn well afford it! That’s THE dirtest secret of all in the abortion ‘industry’: just how much $$$ these murderers make...
A very close friend of mine went through it because she had no choice medically. She cried for months, and her ob/gyn (also a close friend) had a terrible time dealing with even a necessary abortion. Knowing how to kill is easy; living with having killed a baby is much harder, at least for the decent people we want delivering our children.
Media bias comes in many forms. Check this out, FTA:
...according to the Guttmacher Institute, a respected New York research organization,
You can tell this is not a conservative organization being referenced here, because it has the mediaspeak tag "respected" on it. Anyone who does not reinforce the establishment narrative would be tagged "controversial".
If you ask me, the Guttmacher Institute is as controversial as they make 'em. But what do I know?
The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood.
AN F. GUTTMACHER 1898-1974
The Guttmacher Institute, an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., was established in 1968 to provide research, policy analysis and education in the fields of reproductive health, reproductive rights and population. It was named to honor a distinguished obstetrician-gynecologist, author and leader in reproductive rights. While Alan F. Guttmacher was president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a leader in the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the 1960s and early 1970s, he saw the need for the institution that now bears his name, and he nurtured its development
Donna J Harrison | Tuesday, 23 June 2009
How many mothers die from unsafe abortion?
Nobody knows, and current definitions are designed with political ends in mind.
There’s Nothing Safe
About Legal Abortion
KEEP ABORTION SAFE AND LEGAL is the battle cry of the militant pro-abortion organizations. Youve seen them on TV and in the newspaper, as they hold up their coat hangers, yelling, We wont go back! The implication being that women were dying by the thousands before abortion was legal, and will again when Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
This is yet another myth sold to America by the abortion profiteers, in an effort to keep it legal.
The fact is, there were NOT thousands of deaths prior to Roe vs. Wade. In 1972, the year before Roe, only 39 abortion related deaths were reported (by emergency rooms and morgues) to the Centers for Disease Control.
With the advent of Safe & Legal abortions, youd think the death rate would drop to zero. Quite the opposite is true. In 1975, two years after Roe, the CDC stated that as many as seven times more deaths were caused by legal abortions than illegal ones. According to the American Rights Coalition, over 200 women are dying every year from botched abortions.
The pro-abortion organizations have successfully blocked any legislation from being passed that would impose the same regulations on abortion clinics that are required by veterinarians. The clinics answer to no one, and therefore are often very unclean.
Two years ago, the Miami Herald reported on a clinic in Miami, Florida that had dried blood on the floors and equipment, and green mold on the suction machines. Yet the trumpeters of Safe and Legal Abortion continued to fight against regulation legislation.
In light of this, one must ask, If they dont really care about women, what are their motives? MONEY! Abortion is an extremely lucrative industry. The more you perform, the more money you make, and with speed comes error. Hence the high death and injury rate:
Theresa Causey, Macon GA, was 17 when she died from a perforated uterus and a severed artery.
Eurice Agbagaa, Brooklyn NY, was 15 when she died from severe blood loss due to puncture.
Denise Montoya, Houston TX, was 15 when she died from severe blood loss due to puncture.
Beverly Ann Moore, Chattanooga TN, was 15 when she died of cardiac arrest from an overdose of anesthesia.
Stacy Ruckman, St. Louis MO, was 23 when she died of an overdose of lidocaine.
Sandra Milton, Toledo OH, was 28 when she died on laceration of the cervix.
Glenda Davis, Houston TX was 31 when she died of a perforated uterus which resulted in severe blood loss.
Angelica Duarte, Las Vegas NV, was 21 when she died of a perforated uterus which resulted in severe blood loss.
A Connecticut woman was 21 when she died, on August 3rd, a few hours after experiencing a heart attack during an abortion.
At the same clinic, in January, a 13 year old girl died after a botched abortion, which also led to a heart attack.
These are but a few of the tragic cases that resulted in death. The injury cases are much more numerous. The following are just a few examples:
Suzanne Logan, Hillview, Washington DC, was paralyzed and suffered extensive brain damage when her anesthesia was administered incorrectly during her abortion. She cannot walk or talk, and only communicates by tapping out messages on an electronic keyboard.
Lillian Lawson, Dallas TX, had her lower intestine and bowel ripped out when the abortionist went through the back of her uterus.
Kathleen Maki, Minneapolis, MN suffered permanent numbness in her hands and feet from the abortionist having four staff members hold her down on the table with excessive force during her abortion after Kathleen had changed her mind and requested that the abortion not be performed.
Robin Simmons, Hendersonville TN, had to have surgery due to an infection that had occurred from an abortion that had been performed previously at a clinic, due to the fact that body parts of her 15 week old baby were left inside of her, began to decay and cause her extreme pain. Had the body parts not been surgically removed, the infection would have killed her.
Julie Surland, 19, had hemorrhaged so severely during her abortion that she bled half the total blood volume of her body. She is now sterile and is heartbroken that she can never have another child.
In the book, ABORTED WOMEN, SILENT NO MORE, David Reardon interviewed women who had obtained legal abortions. His survey revealed that:
47% of all abortions result in some type of physical complication
6% have resulted in total hysterectomies
6% reported cervical cancer
8% had blocked fallopian tubes
9% had infections
8% had cervical incompetence
15% had post-operative hemorrhage
22% miscarried a later wanted child
(some reported more than one complication)
Juries are now awarding millions of dollars in abortion settlements to these women and to the many others with similar circumstances, as well as the families of women whove died from SAFE and legal abortions, as the abortionists greed and total disregard for womens health and welfare are finally being exposed.
There are currently 21 cases pending in the state of Florida. Charlie Wysong, President of the American Rights Coalition, says, We believe that those who have injured these women should be sued for malpractice. Abortion may be legal, but malpractice is not.
If you would like to receive the ABORTION INJURY REPORT newsletter, which is periodically published (as time permits) call: 1-800-634-2224.
Or if you’d like to review current cases of abortion related deaths and injuries, peruse through the Interlife Web Site. The abortionist is legally responsible for your injuries and the American Rights Coalition can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Its time to expose the myth, because.....
THERES NOTHING SAFE ABOUT LEGAL ABORTION!!!
This article was written in February 1992
Following is a Partial List of Women Killed by Legal Abortion
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.