No one boasts of being an abortionist

From an article in The Independent about a shortage of abortion providers in England:

“Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in “conscientious objectors” who request exemption from the task, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says. A key factor is what specialists call “the dinner party test.” Gynecologists who specialize in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered – but no one boasts of being an abortionist. As a result, after decades of campaigning, antiabortion organizations may be on the point of achieving their objective by default. Repeated efforts to tighten the law have failed and public opinion remains firmly in support, but the growing number of doctors refusing to do the work means there may soon not be enough prepared to carry out terminations to meet demand.”

Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor “Abortion Crisis as Doctors Refuse to Perform Surgery” The Independent April 16, 2007

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Abortionist comments on lack of abortionists

In an obituary of abortionist Jane Hodgson it says:

“At the age of 76, Hodgson continued to perform abortions, traveling 150 miles from her home, which was then in St. Paul, Minn., to Duluth, Minn., because doctors there refused.”

It then quotes Hodgson saying:

“They really can’t get anybody else,” she told a reporter for the Houston Chronicle in 1992. “It’s ridiculous, really…. I think the young generation of medical students, with the exception of women, are not (interested in this training).”

Jocelyn Y. Stewart “Jane Hodgson, 91; doctor performed an abortion in 1970 to spur legal showdownLos Angeles Times October 31, 2006

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Doctor explains why he does not do abortions

Dr. Aaron Sacks trained to do abortions, but after residency, decided not to do them. He explains why:

“Since finishing residency, I have never done any abortions. I think it has to do with – as much as I would like to say that it’s only my practice – but if I really look honestly, I would prefer not to do the abortions because somehow it’s difficult for me to draw the line between a child and a fetus and a baby. And all that is semantics to me… It touches me somewhere inside. [During training] I tried not to think [about] what I am doing. I just did it in the best technical manner I could do… And I was just looking at the end of the day to finish and that’s it.”

Lori Freedman Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010)  44

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Abortionist speaks out about lack of abortion doctors

Judith Arcana, who was active in the organization JANE, which performed illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade, was interviewed. She and the interviewer made reference to the reluctance of doctors to do abortions:

Interviewer: There is a similar trend [in England], where younger doctors are also not opting enthusiastically for abortion work. The reasons may be different though. It perhaps is not because of the level of risk involved, but because abortion work is perceived as boring, unchallenging and also unglamorous, compared say to working in infertility, providing IVF.

Judith: That also is why in the past not many doctors in the US got involved in abortion work, even in the first few years after Roe… Abortion – who wants to do that? … It is not like brain surgery, or anything like the high-tech reproductive medicine that can be done now.

Judith Arcana ““Feminist politics and abortion in the US,”  Psychology and Reproductive Choice

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Residents refuse to learn abortion procedures

Abortionist Catherine Dean says:

“… We are seeing a continued unwillingness of physicians in our area to perform abortion procedures… In this past year we have not had one single resident consent to being taught how to perform elective abortion procedures at Washington University School of Medicine.”

National Abortion Federation Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois April/May 1991

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Pro-choicer: Fewer British doctors want to do abortions

Pro-Abortion author Judith Orr says that fewer British doctors want to be trained to do abortions:

“There is worrying evidence that a growing number of younger doctors are refusing to take part in abortions. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated almost 10 years ago that it was aware of a “slow but growing problem of trainees opting out of training in the termination of pregnancy and is therefore concerned about the abortion service of the future.” This may be caused by the stigma that still surrounds abortion, meaning it is not a prestigious specialty. It may also be a result, as abortion care provider Dr. Tracey Masters indicates, of the separation and “exceptionalising” of abortion from other aspects of women’s healthcare. But it may also reflect that abortion is not as appreciated as a vital life-saving health provision….”

Judith Orr Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017) 35 – 36

Quote from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists is from: Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (RCOG) (2007)

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You get no thanks for performing abortions

Kate Guthrie, a spokesperson on family planning for the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) talks about the stigma abortionists face:

“You get no thanks for performing abortions; you get spat on. Who admits to friends at a dinner party that they are an abortionist? It is not a sexy area; it is a bog standard area of women’s care. The problem is that the more who exit the area, the more those that remain are dumped on [with extra work].

There is an increasing number of young doctors who are not participating in the training. The college and the Department of Health are really worried.”

Jeremy Lauranc “ABORTION CRISIS AS DOCTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SURGERY” The Independent, 16 April 2007

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Fewer doctors are doing “difficult and upsetting” abortions

Richard Warren, honorary secretary of the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) talks about the shortage of abortion doctors in Great Britain:

“In the past, abortion was an accepted part of the workload. People did not like it but they accepted that it was in the best interests of the woman concerned. Now people are given the option of opting out of the bits of the job they don’t like doing and if two or three say ‘No thanks’, it makes it easier for others to follow. There is an ethos that people go into medicine to save lives and look after people. Usually, a decision for termination is taken reluctantly even though it is recognised that it is in the best interests of the woman. It is difficult and upsetting work and it is done with obvious reticence. We are seeing more doctors who are reluctant to be involved in the process and this is happening in the context of growing demand.”

Jeremy Lauranc “ABORTION CRISIS AS DOCTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SURGERY” The Independent, 16 April 2007

Doctors find aborting and dismembering a child like the one below is “difficult and upsetting” and they do not want to do it.

14 weeks
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Abortion crisis: doctors refuse to do abortions in England

An article in the British publication The Independent describes how more and more doctors in England are refusing to perform abortions:

“Britain is facing an abortion crisis because an unprecedented number of doctors are refusing to be involved in carrying out the procedure. The exodus of doctors prepared to perform the task is a nationwide phenomenon that threatens to plunge the abortion service into chaos, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has warned.”

Part of this is due to the stigma of performing abortions. Abortionists are looked down upon by the public and the medical community.

“Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in “conscientious objectors” who request exemption from the task, the RCOG says. A key factor is what specialists call “the dinner party test”. Gynaecologists who specialise in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered – but no one boasts of being an abortionist.”

More and more medical students and doctors are refusing abortion training:

“There is an increasing number of young doctors who are not participating in the training. The college and the Department of Health are really worried.”

Jeremy Lauranc “ABORTION CRISIS AS DOCTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SURGERY” The Independent, 16 April 2007

Doctors are reluctant to kill babies like the one below in abortions.

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9 – 10 weeks
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Head of abortion chain laments that doctors don’t want to perform abortions

Ann Furedi, head of the largest chain of abortion clinics in England, talks about how few doctors want to start performing abortions:

“There is a real crisis looming. Unless we can address the problem and motivate doctors to train in abortion, we may well face a situation in five years’ time in which women’s access to abortion is severely restricted. It is our biggest headache.”

Many doctors felt that, with contraception freely available on the NHS there was “no excuse” for women who got pregnant accidentally. Ms Furedi said: “They say, ‘why should we use our skills to clear up the mess?’ It is a very naïve view – unplanned pregnancy occurs for all sorts of reasons.”

Jeremy Lauranc “ABORTION CRISIS AS DOCTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SURGERY” The Independent, 16 April 2007

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