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Violence Works? Would-Be Abortion Providers Reconsider

Some medical professionals opt out of performing abortion because of religious objections, but after the recent murder of Dr. Tiller, personal safety concerns are prompting medical students to reconsider their decision to become abortion providers.

The Washington Post interviewed students this week who say they "took a step back" after an alleged antiabortion activist murdered the late-term abortion provider. Devin Miller, 23, is the leader of her school's "Medical Students For Choice" group. She planned on becoming an OB-GYN and expected to terminate pregnancies from time to time. Now, she says, "It's very hard to be confronted with the constant negative energy and constant fighting."

Abortion is one of the most common procedures in American medicine: statistics suggest that nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. But if the fear of violence or stigmatization continues, there won't be anyone to provide the procedure. Already, 87 percent of US counties have no abortion services, and in a country of 300 million people, there are only 1,787 doctors who perform abortion.

If you were a medical student, do you think you would consider becoming an abortion provider?

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Staple Salad - that's just sad to hear. At a time when a female is looking for unbiased information on options available to her and needs support for whatever decision she chooses to make, the last thing she needs is somebody coming at her with an agenda. Time did an article sometime within the past year about places like that - there are a lot in the south, especially North Carolina from what the article was saying.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
@26 Near my university (in a VERY liberal town, I might ad), there's a place that, judging by the name, location, etc, LOOKS and SOUNDS like an abortion clinic/subsidiary of a "Planned Parenthood"-esq establishment, but if you look in the windows it's covered with crosses and Jesus... I just hope that not too many girls went in there looking for an abortion so that they could finish their education and got turned into trailer park poor single moms.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
There are clinics that pose as abortion clinics but are actually undercover ultra conservative christian centers that don't offer abortions and will try to guilt and bully women into keeping the baby or having the baby and giving it up for adoption. They pose as "planned parenthood" type centers. It's a shame - women should have not only freedom of choice but freedom from harrassment for the choice they make, like the people harrassing us when I took my friend. They don't need to be bullied by a bunch of conservatives who think everyone should believe as they do and try to force it on all.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I once took a friend to a planned parenthood to get an abortion. The people standing outside picketing and screaming at us about us going to hell really made me mad. They did not know my friend's situation, that she was in an abusive relationship and did not want to bring a baby into this world to a man who was abusing her, a man that had threatened to beat her until she was hospitalized (as if he hadn't already done that) if she ever got pregnant. Did my friend make stupid choices by being with this guy in the first place - yes. Did having the abortion ultimately help her - yes! After she had it, she couldn't stand the sight of him and ended up leaving him and signing up for the military. Had she continued on with the pregnancy, the pregnancy would have ended in a miscarriage from all the abuse she would have sustained. I once asked her does she ever regret it, and she said no - aborting his baby gave her a strength over him she never knew she had and it gave her the power to leave him for good. I'm married and take precautions and if I ever got pregnant accidentally, I would totally consider an abortion. I'm a career woman by choice and want to dedicate myself to that, besides having a child conflicts with my views on overpopulation. I'd rather adopt an animal than bring another mouth into this world.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I find it that the "pro-life" side seems to be the one killing the people that nobody will argue over if they are "alive" or "fully human yet" or not. I also find it ironic that I generally see the pro-life side also being anti-sex ed. It comes across that a lot of them just want to kill fully-grown adult women or something. This makes me want to volunteer at a Planned Parenthood. I'm not a med student, so I couldn't give abortions to the women who need them, but I would like to teach more women about the options available to them (various kinds of birth control, condoms, other types of contraception, even abstinence, even though I consider myself somewhat of an advocate for pre-marital sex). I think it's horrible the tactics that the "pro-life" (or at least the extremists) take against abortions, do they EVER take the woman's feelings/life/health into consideration!?
superjules superjules 7 years
If I were a med student I would absolutely learn to provide abortions and would put my life on the line to give women the health care they need. As a woman who needed an abortion to save her life, I know what it feels like to have to make a choice later in the pregnancy. I have no regrets. There will be no conversations with god and anyone. Only with corpses and worms.
GKitty GKitty 7 years
Good morning Pink! Well said. I hope everything is well with you. I miss you and Team sugar.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
All women deserve the right to choose because each situation is different. No doctor or patient should feel fear because these types of crazy people are standing outside the clinic with possible weapons on them. Violence in this way is not the answer. And holding up signs with God's name on it like you know what he's thinking about that particular situation, is just stupid. Those people need to go to work or start looking for a job if they don't have one. They are probably the kind of people that complain about everything without knowing the facts first. Again, each situation is different. Some of these women may have been recommended by their physician to abort the baby because there was a high risk involved for her and them.
ali321 ali321 7 years
Texas I don't know if you were responding to me. If you were I was not implying that everyone who thinks that is a murderer. If you weren't responding to me then well... nevermind. And honestly I'm sure some regret it. I probably would. I couldn't go through that, but others don't. Legally it's their choice.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
So sad. As some of the other posters have said, decreasing the number of abortion doctors will only increase the number of women who die from illegal abortions. If a woman really wants an abortion, she will find some way to get one - even if its in an alley. Cirrus- I respect your religious views, but please keep in mind that not everyone feels the same way or is of the same religion. Abortion is not a sin in every religion. Therefore, saying that some good comes out of murdering an abortion doctor is very offensive to many people.
GKitty GKitty 7 years
I guess it's God's will to send woman back to dark alley's, wire coat hangers and deadly infections...sad.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
She's your aunt? I read her stuff over at World Net Daily.
jessie jessie 7 years
i don't agree that "God" sent the killer. my aunt jill stanek did a big piece on this. very controvertial
lostgirl-XD lostgirl-XD 7 years
i don't think that something good come for this. the reality is that the numbers of doctors that provide abortions is reduced the illegal abortion raise up. if a woman wants a abortion she will do it by the legal or illegal way. that's the only true. and for healthy reasons is best to do an abortion in a safe hospital not in some dirty and unsanitary place. and by the away if the persons that are against the abortion but agree with this horrible situation ( the murderer of doctors because they do abortions) must think twice. if you are against abortions because you consider a murder why do you agree with the homicide of Dr.tiller????? and why did you hide in your religion for justified that? they are many religious people that are against abortion and they don't are killing anyone
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
#3: "I'm not sorry he's gone." Well, you disgust me then. I'm sorry that anyone's life was taken in such a brutal and violent fashion as Dr. Tiller's was.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
Let's go point by point- 1. Umm...they are going to have a conversation as well. The shooter, I mean. 2. I thought I was somewhat clear in what I thought of this a-hole's action. Let me try again. I and most others like myself completely and utterly condemn the actions of the shooter. (Sorry, forgot his name.) Dr. Tiller's life was not his to take. And, I'll also agree. That sign that said, "God sent the shooter!" I did a WTF too. 3. That being said, I'm not sorry he's gone. He was one of the few, if not the only doctors in the world that specialized in very late term abortions. Micro preemies have a greater chance at life, due to incredible medical technologies that improve year after year. He was killing babies that were viable. Yes, I am aware of the medical horrors that can happen during the gestation process. Those people are to be left alone! They have enough to deal with. It's everybody else with whom I have a problem. Women, sex is such a beautiful act. It breaks my heart that it is treated in such a caviler way. Yes, it does take two to tango. But, we bear the ultimate responsibility. Life begins with us. Remember the season finale of "16 and pregnant?" To this day, I stand in awe of the couple who chose adoption. That young lady took care of herself and they decided together to give their daughter a better life. People like that are to be celebrated, not the doctor. 4. Of course Jesus didn't go around saying ,"If somebody doesn't agree with you, kill him." I'll give you credit, though. I haven't been called as deplorable as a murderer. I'll have to add that one to the list.
Texasred45 Texasred45 7 years
Not everyone who considers abortion to be murder is himself a murderer, and the guy who killed that doctor is without a doubt one sick puppy. I can tell you that there are a lot of folks out there who either having had an abortion, or having facilitated one at one time in their past, come to regret it deeply. Planned "Parenthood" will never ever tel you that side of the story.
ali321 ali321 7 years
So some people consider abortion to be murder. So, in order to prevent murder they choose to commit one. That makes sooo much sense. Nassty.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I don't think something good came of it either. I agree with genesis on this one too less doctors doesn't equal less abortions. That being said, if I was a medical student and/or doctor I personally would not perform abortions.
soulight soulight 7 years
Ick! For people to think good has come from a man's death means they are truly as deplorable as the murderer! I don't think Jesus went around saying "hey if someone doesn't agree with you, kill him! Duh!"
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Also, the "conversation between the good doctor and God"? Are you kidding me? What about the conversation with his crazy murderer?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Yes, it would make me want to do it even more, actually, just to show those f***ing crazy fanatics that their terrorist tactics DON'T work.
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
I agree with genesis, less doctors doesnt mean the abortions will stop. Doctors just provide a safe method for the abortions otherwise you'll have women dying or getting all kinds of infections from unsafe practices. If i was in that field i'd take the risk and still provide the abortions. Someone has to stand up. Not to mention the abortions that are used to save womens life when they have a life threatening pregnancy, does no one care. Look at the stats, if 1/3 of women in the US have abortions by the time they are 45, you are going to risk black market and at home procedures for cuz your scared of what one guy did. Maybe this will just clear out the doctors who were not in the right field to begin with.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I can't look at this as a positive. To me less doctors doesn't equal less abortion. It just means more quacks on the street offering back alley abortions to the truly desperate.
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