USA – What Back Alley? These Women Say DIY Abortion Can Be Empowering

What Back Alley? These Women Say DIY Abortion Can Be Empowering
The pro-choice movement has portrayed non-clinic abortion as a last resort. But some women are trying to change that image.

Emily Shugerman
01.04.19

The image provokes both fear and fury: a wire coat hanger, spattered with blood, symbolizing the drastic measures women may take when abortion access is limited.

Whoopi Goldberg brandished one on stage at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, urging the younger generation to remember what their forebears used. Protesters at the 1989 March for Women's Equality carried a giant replica, stained red, through the streets of Washington D.C. like a macabre parade float. And the symbol has been ubiquitous since Donald Trump’s election, popping up at marches, in the pages of glossy magazines, and on this site.

The imagery makes Jill Adams, founder of the Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, shake her head.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-back-alley-these-women-say-diy-abortion-can-be-empowering?ref=scroll

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USA – I’ve been an ‘abortion doula’ 2,000 times

I've been an ‘abortion doula’ 2,000 times

By Kirstie Brewer BBC Stories
14 October 2018

Doulas typically give women emotional support during childbirth, but in New York some help women through abortions too. Vicki Bloom has been in the room for more than 2,000 procedures since joining the non-profit Doula Project in 2010.

One of the things Vicki Bloom found most surprising when she first became an abortion doula was just how many of the women - most of them already mothers - wanted to chat about their children.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-45666460

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USA – Volunteers Are The Unsung Heroes Of Abortion Care

Volunteers Are The Unsung Heroes Of Abortion Care

By Carole Joffe and David S. Cohen
Feb 6, 2018

Abortion is many things in America. Divisive. Politicized. A fact of life. It is also, in the world of health care, unique.

Part of what makes abortion provision unique is that it happens amid relentless efforts to create as many obstacles to it as possible. The preternatural determination of abortion providers overcomes most of these obstacles, but for too many women, there’s something else that makes their abortion possible: volunteers.

continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-joffe-cohen-abortion_us_5a7874e8e4b0905433b6c68c?0bg

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USA: The long five minutes: Abortion doulas bring comfort during a complicated time

The long five minutes: Abortion doulas bring comfort during a complicated time
By Monica Hesse
November 28, 2017

“Do you support reproductive choices of all shapes and sizes?” the flier had read, posted online in early April. “Become an abortion doula.”

More than 50 women had seen the flier on Facebook or Twitter and responded to the email address at the bottom, not entirely sure what an abortion doula was. Twenty-five had been selected for a weekend-long training at a Virginia abortion clinic, and now, one Saturday morning in May, they’d arrived to see whether they were right for the work.

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Canada: ‘Abortion doulas’ offer support to women with nowhere else to turn

'Abortion doulas' offer support to women with nowhere else to turn
Halifax social worker trains volunteers to support people ending their pregnancies

By Nic Meloney, CBC News
Posted: Apr 26, 2017

Five years ago, Halifax social worker Shannon Hardy began driving women hundreds of kilometres so they could get abortions. They couldn't turn to their families or friends, so they turned to her for kindness and support.

Next month, Hardy will host her second training workshop for "abortion doulas" — volunteers who provide "emotional and practical" support to people who choose to terminate their pregnancies.
Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/abortion-doulas-halifax-maritime-abortion-support-services-1.4084929

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