Dr. Stanwood on Being an Abortion Provider
January 24, 2012
In an interview on the Hairpin PRCH board member Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, spoke extensively about why women have abortions and why she meets that need as part of her work as an obstetrician/gynecologist. "If a woman doesn’t feel ready to have the child of her abuser, she shouldn't have to. If a woman doesn’t feel prepared for the rigors and responsibilities and joys of motherhood, she shouldn't have to do that if she's not ready. … [Motherhood] should be voluntary as opposed to drafted."
Dr. Stanwood also commented on the recent increase in restrictions on abortion access: "[M]aking abortion less available doesn't stop it from happening, it just means that more women suffer and die." Read more from this wide-ranging interview.
Help us recognize Eve Espey, MD, MPH, and Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, at the 2013 Rashbaum-Tiller Abortion Provider Awards.
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The documentary Voices of Choice features physicians and advocates who witnessed women's suffering before Roe v. Wade. They helped as many women as they could obtain safe abortions.
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“Women do not enter into the decision to terminate a pregnancy lightly. Yes, there are women who use abortion as a method of birth control, and yes, they are rarer than hen’s teeth.”
William K. Rashbaum, MD, from “In His Own Words”