Abortion worker comments on “loss of control” with pain relief

An abortion clinic worker named Carole said:

“People have pain when they don’t have drugs, but I don’t know that pain is always a bad thing. Valium is like drinking in that it numbs you. For women with issues about control or sexual abuse, that loss of control can do more harm than good.”

Anna Runkle In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion (San Francisco: Jossey–Bass Publishers, 1998)

This abortion worker says that women who have suffered sexual abuse might be reminded of their trauma when “losing control” under anesthesia during an abortion procedure. They may be reminded of their helplessness, while in a drugged state during an invasion of their bodies. Abortion can be harmful for these women.

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