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Tuesday, May 6, 2003

ProLifeGuy in his Everwood post asks about the bedside manners of the staff in abortion clinics. It varies greatly.

One of the things I've noticed in listening to these stories is a tendency for the staff to offer unsolicited assurance that you are doing the right thing. "You already have enough children." "You're not ready to be a mom yet."

One clinic nurse gave an unsolicited testimony to a patient about why she worked in an abortion clinic, telling a long story about a woman who came to her hospital's emergency room suffering from the aftereffect of a botched back alley abortion, an event that had happened many years earlier.

To me this suggests a certain amount of defensiveness...a need for the clinic staff to engage in ongoing self-talk about why they are doing the right thing.

I've also heard stories from women who had experiences that can only be described as very strange. These have made me think that people who work in abortion clinics can become emotionally disturbed. One doctor said to a patient right after the procedure, "You never should have had an abortion." One doctor said, "All done! Your baby's dead!"

I don't know whether the amount of emotional suffering a woman may feel later is related to how she is treated in the clinic. You'd think that the pain might be worse if your doctor said, "All done! Your baby's dead!" then if he didn't. On the other hand, I know a lot of people who had warm, supportive staff and that doesn't seem to have made any difference to them.

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