77% of San Francisco Abortion Providers Have Doubts, Study Says

Abortion clinic workers often struggle emotionally with the difficult task of performing abortions. Ripping apart a fully formed unborn baby whether via suction or via forceps, can be very visually disturbing. In one study, 77% of abortion clinic workers in San Francisco saw abortion as “a destructive act against a living thing.”

eight week-old unborn baby

According to the study

“Particularly striking was the fact that discomfort with abortion clients or procedures was reported by practitioners who strongly supported abortion rights and expressed strong commitment to their work. This preliminary finding suggested that even those who support a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy may be struggling with an important tension between their formal beliefs and the situated experience of their abortion work.”

seen as murder:

“This theme was unexpected among pro-choice practitioners yet 18% of the respondents talked about involvement with abortion this way at some point in the interview. This theme tended to emerge slowly in the interviews and was always presented with obvious discomfort.”

Kathleen M. Roe “Private Troubles and Public Issues” Social Science and Medicine, Vol 29, No 10


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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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