Lauren Mitchell is an abortion doula who was training other abortion doulas. She gave a series of scenarios that she says she encountered in her abortion work. The writer of the article was another abortion doula who is going through the training:
“A woman who says she’d like to do another ultrasound to see if it’s definitely a girl, because she’ll only keep it if it isn’t….“What do you assume?” Mitchell asked of each case. “How can you be supportive?” We talked about what would be hard for us to overcome, things we might say or do and how we might feel. I felt embarrassed by my assumptions, and the limits of my compassion. I judged these women on the worthiness of their reasons (“Would she really only keep a boy?” I wondered) and found myself questioning why those who come in for late-term abortions had waited so long to decide.
Alex Ronan “My Year As an Abortion Doula” The Cut SEPTEMBER 14, 2014Share on Facebook