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Since the pandemic began, Dr. McClellan has provided abortion care for patients who have come to our health centers from a wide array of shelter-in-place situations.

Some have been students, taking classes remotely. Some already have kids at home and are trying to keep them busy while working at their paying jobs in makeshift home offices –like their kitchens. Some are in the food industry, worried about how to stay afloat financially while also staying safe.

All of these patients have told Dr. McClellan how thankful they are for the many COVID-safety precautions that have been taken at our health centers to provide a service they absolutely could not do without – especially during a pandemic.

These conversations reminded her of something she has been struck by during her entire medical career. Of all the patients she has treated for many different reasons, the ones who are most deeply grateful are those who have come to her for abortion services.

“In some ways, that gratitude is really heartbreaking because they shouldn’t have to be so grateful for this service,” she said. “It is health care. It shouldn’t be considered any differently from any other health care.”

Dr. McClellan is happy and proud that she and our PPMM staff are there for all the patients who need us, no matter what.

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Tags: Health Equity, abortion_access, covid-19