Abortion doulas describe pushback from pro-choice movement

Two doulas wanted to become abortion doulas, giving support to women as they killed their babies. They encountered resistance from the pro-choice movement. According to an article by Alex Ronan:

“…birth doulas Lauren Mitchell and Mary Mahoney sought to bring those support practices into abortion clinics, they met immediate resistance. “To imply that women getting abortions would need something as touchy-feely as support was not accepted,” Mitchell explains. …many pro-choice doulas, doctors, and nonprofits were unwilling to acknowledge how difficult and painful many women find abortion. To some on the left, drawing any more attention to the messiness of the procedure and the decisions surrounding it would mean potentially undermining the work of the political movement.”

Alex Ronan “My Year As an Abortion DoulaThe Cut SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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