Clinic workers “lose professional distance” when patients repeat abortions

“Clinic counselors go to great lengths to help a youngster through an abortion. Despite the emotional stress of the work, they are, as they say, “there for her” from the decision-making stage to the postpartum depression at the end. But if the same 15-year-old becomes a repeater and returns at 16 and at 17, and if she develops a cool attitude towards the counseling experience, the reaction is different. The counselor loses her own professional distance. Joffe says,

The legalization and consequent routinization of abortion has stimulated in the former (the counselor) new questions about the morality of abortion. For the latter (the client), this very same routinization seems to have had the opposite effect.”

Gary Crum, Thelma McCormack Abortion: Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? (Washington, DC: The American University Press, 1992) 104

They are referring to information found in the book Carol Joffe The Regulation of Sexuality (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986)

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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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