Not Choice but Choices: An Interview with Abortion Counselor and Advocate Charlotte Taft

Valerie Tarico’s essays are always powerful, thoughtful and thought-provoking. This one, recording an interview with Charlotte Taft, is stunning. Here, the lives of women are brought to the heart of abortion counselling in a way which dignifies them and truly gives them choice. Please read.

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Charlotte Taft“We focus on abortion as if that were the conversation, but we have been bamboozled into putting our focus there.”

When you think about abortion, what comes to mind? A woman’s right? The Religious Right? Feminists, or fetal photography, or fundamentalists? Do you see the color pink—as in Planned Parenthood—or the color red—as in anger and blood? If you worked in abortion care, the answer probably would be none of the above.

Threats and stigma have forced abortion providers and clinic staff out of the public eye and out of public discourse about abortion, and that—according to providers themselves—is a problem. It is a problem because it has created a political dialogue has very little overlap with the lived experience of women seeking abortion care and the women and men who serve them.

Pro-choice advocacy frequently invokes terms like rights, privacy, and health. But those who provide abortion care say…

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One thought on “Not Choice but Choices: An Interview with Abortion Counselor and Advocate Charlotte Taft

  1. An admirable woman. Note, however, that in some US states, there is a legal requirement to seek counselling, and the approved counselling consists of horror stories and disinformation.

    Let’s get this in perspective. I have met half a dozen women who have had abortions. Correction: I have met half a dozen women *concerning whom I know* that they have had abortions. However, teenage pregnancies are at an all time low in the UK, so we must be doing something right.

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