Our Doctors Speak Out: Abortions Needed in Medical Crises
October 20, 2012
After Representative Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) declared that "there is no such thing" as abortions that are necessary to save women's lives or health, PRCH physicians talked to multiple media outlets to stand up for their patients' need for abortions in medical emergencies.
Consulting Medical Director Anne Davis, MD, MPH, told Reuters, "When a patient wants to be pregnant, we do everything we can to get her through the pregnancy safely, but sometimes we're in a corner, and there's nothing we can do but end the pregnancy."
Former Leadership Training Academy Fellow Sara Imershein, MD, gave Politico examples of the "numerous situations" in which the life of the woman would be a reason to terminate a pregnancy, such as cancer and hemorrhaging.
In USA Today, Leadership Training Academy Fellow Erika Levi, MD, MPH, also named conditions that can threaten a woman's life during pregnancy: severe infections, heart failure, and severe cases of preeclampsia.
Help us recognize Eve Espey, MD, MPH, and Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, at the 2013 Rashbaum-Tiller Abortion Provider Awards.
Video: Pre-Roe Doctors
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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“I continue to do abortions after 25 years because the voices of gratitude and relief from my patients drown out the hatred and intolerance from the protesters outside.”
Mary Smith, MD, from “Why I Provide”