Want to know the real deal about abortion? Ask the doctors who provide them. That’s what Buzzfeed did in their enlightening new article, 41 Things You Should Know About Abortions And The Doctors Who Perform Them. These doctors dispelled myths, gave a step-by-step description of the procedure, and talked about the satisfaction and challenges of providing abortions. Here are a few of our favorite quotes; the first one is from our medical director here at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest:
“We get to practice global health domestically in border cities, such as San Diego and El Centro, where our clinics are truly steps away from Mexico. At Planned Parenthood, we don’t ask our patients if they are citizens or not — we just provide care to anyone comes through our door.”
—Dr. Sierra Washington, medical director and chief medical officer, Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, OB-GYN
“I get to care for women during these monumental times throughout all the stages of their lives. That may mean providing prenatal care, helping a woman through a miscarriage or stillbirth, helping women who choose adoption, providing care during menopause, or safely terminating pregnancies — and for me, it’s a great honor.”
—Dr. Lisa Perriera, OB-GYN, Philadelphia Women’s Center, Pennsylvania, fellow, Physicians for Reproductive Health
“I perform a simple medical procedure all day and walk out of work knowing I impacted the lives of 15 to 20 women. In most cases, I took away the biggest worry or obstacle in their lives at that moment so they could follow their dreams or finish their education, get a better job, and have the family they want in future. In that sense, I feel like I get to save women’s lives every day.”
—Dr. Sara Imershein, OB-GYN, clinics in the DC area
Read more quotes from abortion providers across the country in this great Buzzfeed article: 41 Things You Should Know About Abortions And The Doctors Who Perform Them.
The article will play a critical role in reducing stigma surrounding abortion. Learn more about reducing stigma on our #GoodbyeStigma website, planned.org/goodbyestigma.