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.
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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