When An Abortion Doctor Becomes a Mother
There is a connection between my work as a doctor and my work as a mother; it’s just not what most people imagine.
By Christine Henneberg
June 27, 2019
Recently a colleague asked me if I’d had trouble working while I was pregnant. “Actually I was fine,” I said. “I know a lot of people have a hard time, but it wasn’t an issue for me.” She raised her eyebrows. “Wow. Good for you. I was a mess.”
We weren’t just talking about nausea and swollen feet and low back pain. She and I are abortion doctors. We routinely perform procedures well into our patients’ second trimester, when the fetus is well-formed and easily recognizable as humanlike, even “life”-like. Baby-like.
My Life As An Abortion Provider: 'It's Actually one of the Safest Medical Procedures That We Can Perform'
By Kashmira Gander
As state legislatures across the U.S. debate bills restricting access to abortions, people like Dr Meera Shah are on the ground providing reproductive healthcare which she describes as a “basic human right.”
So what is it like to be an abortion provider at a time when, according to research by the National Abortion Federation published last year, anti-abortion campaigners have been emboldened by the current political climate to ramp up attacks against providers?
60 hours, 50 abortions: A California doctor’s monthly commute to a Texas clinic
By Soumya Karlamangla
Jan 24, 2019
The protesters are already positioned when she pulls up in her rental car. One lurches at women approaching the clinic, rosary beads dangling from her outstretched palm. Another hands patients tiny fetus dolls that match their skin color.
The doctor tries to ignore them. There are demonstrators at every abortion clinic and they’re all the same, she thinks: a nuisance. In Northern California, where she lives, a man yells, “Don’t take the blood money,” as she arrives at work.
Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 1 and Part 2
August 24, 2018
This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show in New York City, "Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients," which was part of Caveat's first annual Underground Science Festival. Rather than the speeches we typically hear on this topic, our storytellers -- who are both OB-GYNs and patients -- have shared firsthand experiences that cross both generations and borders, and are crucial to our understanding of women's health.
Part 1: While working with Doctors Without Borders in a country where abortion is illegal, OB-GYN Veronica Ades is falsely accused of performing an abortion
Part 2: When Tracey Segarra tells her mother she had an abortion, she's shocked by the response.