Abortion doula is reluctant to tell woman about abortion pain

Kim is a woman about to have an abortion and her doula’s name is Kat. Kat struggles to answer Kim’s question about how painful her abortion will be.

“Kim exhales, looks up at the ceiling then back at Kat [the doula]. “Is it gonna hurt?”

Kat pauses. This is one of the most common questions a doula gets asked before a procedure. It’s covered extensively in training, and while every doula has a slightly different turn of phrase, there is a standard approach that the Doula Project and the clinics we work with use. “Do you get cramps with your period?”….

Kim then says:

“You will feel something,” Kat explains, carefully choosing her words. “Everyone has a different reaction but for a few minutes it will feel like very strong period cramps.”

Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell The Doulas: Radical Care for Pregnant People (New York: Feminist Press, 2016) 86-87

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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