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Friday, March 4, 2011

Ask an Abortion Provider!

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Commenter Graham sent in a link to this cool Q&A up on girly blog The Hairpin with a woman who's training to be an OB/GYN who provides abortions.

It's pretty long, but very interesting. Choice quote:

Why abortion? State-of-abortion fact storm forecasted for this paragraph. How many providers do you think there are in this country? Like, total. 30,000? 10,000? Nope, fewer than 2,000. Here’s a quote I read today: “Now only 2 percent of ob-gyns perform half of all abortions. Many are approaching retirement. Others are weary of stigma, threats and violence. The number of providers has declined by 37 percent since 1982.” Fewer providers in practice mean fewer people to train from. And other factors — like how only 12% of ob/gyn residency programs require training in abortion — also contribute to our dwindling numbers. So, this time, it was seeing that the most direct way to ensure that anyone — anyone!! — was at the bottom of the table was to do it myself.

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