In honor of 40 years of legal abortion in the US: we are abortion clinic workers, ask us anything.
1/22/13 marks 40 years since abortion became legal in the United States, in celebration two clinic workers have come together to answer your questions about abortion in America, and life inside a clinic.
Background on us: we work at two different mid-western, independent (non-Planned Parenthood) feminist clinics, both in strongly anti-choice states. We each have different areas of expertise, and will sign our posts with an initial. K is trained to do basically everything except be a doctor or a nurse at her clinic, including options counseling, pre and post abortion counseling, patient support during the procedure, phone counseling, and intake. C deals more with the security and clinic escort aspects of operations, but has knowledge well beyond that.
Obviously, we won't answer questions that identify us, our clinics, or our patients, but we'll get as close to anything as we can without that.
Edit: I need to be asleep like...half an hour ago. I'll try to do some more responding when I have some time tomorrow. Hopefully C will be around soon to continue responding. -K
EDIT 2 (4:26 GMT-6): Verified! and i'm getting tired, so i'm going to be calling it a night soon. i'll be back in a few hours to keep answering questions; K may pop in before I do. -C
Edit 3: Woah! That's a lot of responses. I'm at work for the next several hours, so my responses will be sporadic at best. Also, folks being harsh at us in comments: I love you anyway, and some day when you or someone you love needs an abortion, we'll be there for you too.
Edit 4: Thanks for all the interest! I'm very glad to get to share information with you all.