Clinic churns out abortions, even when women are late

Peter Korn, who wrote about an abortion clinic called Lovejoy and how it functioned, said the following about the head nurse’s job:

“Lovejoy has gone through 5 head nurses in 4 years. The job is a difficult one, at least partly because of the nature of the 2nd floor operation. On certain days as many as 25 first trimester abortions might be scheduled in one operating room. Women coming in for abortions are often suffering great emotional stress; of those that appear, it is not unusual for half to be late for their appointments, some by as much as 2 or 3 hours. The head nurse must keep the surgical area running efficiently in the face of such unpredictability. At one moment pre-op, the operating room, and postop can be functioning smoothly and on time. Then 6, 7, or 8 women will arrive simultaneously for their abortions.”

Peter Korn Lovejoy: A Year in the Life of an Abortion Clinic (New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996)  11

It’s easy to imagine that because of the volume of abortion patients and the emphasis on getting women in and out for their abortions, women may have been rushed through the procedures and may not have had their needs met needs met or received quality care.

In all, this clinic sounds like a factory, churning out abortions on an assembly line.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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